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Road crashes in Lagos reduced by 25 percent

12 June 2013, 09:04

Lagos - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says road crashes in Lagos State has reduced from 400 to 300 per week.

Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC’s Deputy Corps Marshal (Operations), gave the figure on Tuesday in Lagos at the kick-off of the organisation’s week-long sensitisation programme to ensure safety on highways nationwide.

Oyeyemi said the programme, tagged "Operation Rain Storm”, was taking place nationwide.

He said the exercise was aimed at sensitising road users to be conscious of the problems associated with driving during the rainy season and how to avoid them.

"We are using this opportunity to campaign for safety.  A vehicle driver must not overspeed.

"The vehicle must have a wiper, the tyres must be good, the car lights must be functioning well and there must not be overloading,’’ the FRSC official said.

He said the FRSC had just concluded two other programmes, with one of them tagged "Operation Shield”.

"We are now on "Operation Rain Storm" which is to ensure that road users meet minimum standards for their vehicles to ensure safety,’’ Oyeyemi said.

He said the programme would sensitise dual carriageway users on the need to maintain the right lanes only and move to the left lane only when overtaking.

"The exercise is aimed at checking the conduct of drivers with a view to knowing their level of alcohol intake when driving.

"This is to ensure that they comply with the traffic rules and regulation,’’ the FRSC official said.

The deputy corps marshal said the programme would also check the use of fake number plates as well as vehicles with right-hand steering.

"It will also ensure that road users comply with the general road safety laws,’’ he said.

Oyeyemi expressed the commission’s continued determination to educate drivers and other road users, as well as enforce safety rules for the attainment of the desired success in road safety.

He appealed to road users to be more careful, especially during the rainy season, to reduce carnage on roads.



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