Uyo - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Sunday said it recorded 43 deaths and 100 road traffic crashes in Akwa Ibom in 2013.
The Uyo Sector Commander of the corps, Ocheja Ameh, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo.
Ameh explained that those who died in the crashes were 32 male, 10 female and one child.
The sector commander said that there was a decrease in the number of deaths recorded in 2013 as against 50 deaths recorded in 2012.
He also said that there was a reduction in the number of road crashes in the state in the year under review, pointing out that 131 road crashes occurred in the state in 2012.
He attributed the reduction to rigorous sensitisation campaigns carried out by the command, especially in the last quarter of 2013.
“As a matter of fact, in 2013 we recorded 100 road traffic crashes in Akwa Ibom State as against 131 that we had in 2012.”
“Out of the number of crashes during the year, 31 were fatal; but in the previous year, we recorded 35 fatal crashes.”
“We have put a lot of measures in place to reduce road crashes in the state.”
Ameh said that the dominant causes of road crashes in the state were speed limit violations and dangerous driving.
He, however, said the command had seriously campaigned against speed limit violations and dangerous driving in the state to reduce crashes this year.
He added that the command would organise other programmes in 2014 to drastically reduce the number of road crashes in the state.
He said, “we have been educating the public on the need to install speed limit devices in all commercial vehicles in the state.”
Ameh told NAN that all stakeholders in the transport sector in Akwa Ibom had signed an agreement that there would be strict enforcement of the speed limit device installation.
“We have started discussion with Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC), a major transporter in the state, and the company has started installing the devices in its vehicles,” he said.
He added that the corps would enter into similar agreements with other transport companies in the state.