Benin - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said that over speeding was responsible for 128 deaths in 68 road crashes in Edo in the last 20 months.
The Edo FRSC Sector Commander, Luka Ikpi, said this at the FRSC/Stakeholders sensitisation programme on Speed Limiting Device, organised in Benin on Wednesday.
Ikpi said that over speeding resulted in 68 crashes in the state from January 2012 to August 2013.
He said that within the period, no fewer than 625 people were involved, adding that 495 people were injured.
The Corps Marshal, Osita Chidoka, said that the sensitisation was to make stakeholders to realise the consequences of speed violations.
Chidoka said the programme would make them to know the benefits of using speed limiting devices as measures to check avoidable crashes on highways.
Represented by Nseobong Akpabio, the FRSC Commander for Edo, Delta and Anambra zones, Chidoka said the devices would enable drivers to operate within the speed limit.
"Speed limit adds to fuel economy, increases the ability of the driver to maneuver in event of a crash, prolong the life of vehicles and aid other safety devices to function optionally in times of need,” he said.
Chidoka said the corps would enforce the regulations on speed violation as a measure to curtail the menace of road crashes.
A stakeholder, Olumujiwa Opeajayi, an IT Manager, commended FRSC for the sensitisation programme, saying the use of device was a welcome development.
Opeajayi said the use of device would go a long way in reducing crashes, save lives and property, and also enable the operators of commercial vehicles to spend less on vehicle maintenance.