The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) recorded 262 road accidents between October and the first week of November nationwide, a statement said. The statement issued by Mr Jonas Agwu, the Public Relations Officer of the commission, attributed the causes to speed violation, wrongful overtaking and brake failure, among others.
Agwu said speed limit violation ranked highest among other factors which caused the crashes. The statement also said that 398 motorists were booked within the last five days for violating various traffic offences while 124 vehicles were impounded for the same offences across the country.
It said the operatives of the FRSC conducted checks on 1,138 vehicles and cautioned 667 drivers during the period under review. ``Speed limit violation accounted for 57 reported cases of road crashes in week 42 (12 – 18 October, 2012) and 66 crashes in week 43 while 75 and 64 cases were also attributed to over speeding among motorists for weeks 44 and 45 respectably.
``A breakdown of the causative factors and their frequency in road crashes for week 42 indicates thus, speed violation (57), dangerous driving (21), loss of control (28), tyre burst (19) and route violation (7). `` Week 43 also has the following record on causative factors --- speed violation (66); loss of control (43); dangerous driving (24); tyre burst (17); mechanical defect (11) and brake failure (10).’’ The statement said ``for week 44, speed violation accounted for 75 road crashes with dangerous driving (25), loss of control (24), tyre burst (15), brake failure (14) and 7 cases attributed to wrongful overtaking’’.
``Week 45 posted the following pattern on crashes, speed violation (64), loss of control (28), tyre burst (20), dangerous driving (16), wrongful overtaking (16) and brake failure accounting for 12 road crashes.’’ The statement said the Abuja Zonal Command (FCT and Niger State) recorded 22 crashes in week 42, being the highest, in spite of its good road infrastructure, while Osogbo Zone (Osun, Ondo and Oyo states) followed with 14.
``However, Benin Zonal Command maintained the highest number of road crashes with 22 cases in week 45( 2 – 8 November, 2012) while in Osogbo and Ilorin Zonal Commands (Kogi, Ekiti and Kwara) tied on second with 20 crashes during the period.’’ It said that the FRSC would continue with its ember month campaigns toward reducing road crashes, adding that it had initiated some strategies toward achieving that.
The strategies, it said included, the deployment of 15 additional operational vehicles with 17 units of speed cameras, 1,250 units of breathalyzers, 45 units of radar guns and 44 units of Walkie-talkies for intensive patrol and enforcement. It said the commission was committed to drastic reduction of road crashes during and after the ember months and warned motorists and other road users to comply with traffic rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, Mr Osita Chidoka, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, had called for the introduction of ``Speed Calming Devices’’ on some sections of the highways across the nation to curb excessive speed among drivers. The statement said Chidoka made the call when he visited the national headquarters of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in Abuja.