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Road crashes claim 23 lives in Katsina

07 March 2013, 16:14

Katsina - Twenty-three persons died in 36 road accidents involving 55 vehicles in Katsina State between January and March, the FRSC said on Thursday in Katsina.

The state Sector Commander, Habu Dauda, said at a stakeholders' conference on traffic crashes that 122 persons sustained various degrees of injuries in the accidents.

He said reasons for the accidents included dangerous driving, over-speeding, tyre burst and wrong overtaking.

The sector commander, who lamented the high rate of road accidents, said ‘’Katsina is now listed among states where frequent crashes occur".

‘’Road safety is a business of all and sundry, I therefore urge people to be safety-conscious and always obey traffic regulations.’’  

He said the commission would continue to enlighten the public on traffic regulations through the media and public lectures and called for the support of stakeholders to attain the goal.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mukhtar Ibrahim, said the government would continue to provide more infrastructure as part of measures to reduce accidents.

Ibrahim assured the public that suggestions raised at the forum would be implemented to protect people's lives.

Justice Musa Danladi advocated for a ‘’road task force’’, to work with FRSC to reduce road accidents.

Danladi also called for stiffer punishment for violators of traffic laws, saying that ‘’our laws are inadequate in addressing road crashes’’.



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