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Roads Corps deploys ahead of Long Weekend

02 April 2015, 17:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists against disregarding traffic violations during the Easter celebrations.

To ensure compliance, thousands of personnel as well as hundreds of vehicles have been deployed along some designated routes during the celebrations that begin on Friday, ending on Monday.

Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi, directed the removal of obstructions from the highways and warned against use of cell phone while driving, speed limit violation and dangerous driving.

“Motorists are also warned to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of their vehicles. Passengers are equally enjoined to monitor their drivers on reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and other road vices”.

The Corps has deployed has deployed 455 patrol vehicles, 66 Ambulances, 102 motor bikes, 12 tow trucks and over 34 000 personnel along designated routes as part of measures to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways, during the holiday.

Also Read: Plateau premier decries dangerous driving habits

According to the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, , the massive deployment of personnel and logistics along 23 designated critical corridors and black spots such as Sagamu-Ore-Benin, Lokoja-Benin-Auchi, Onitsha-Ihiala-Aba,
Patani - Port Harcourt and Makurdi- Oturkpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile highways and 65 routes identified for this exercise.

He said the Corps’ 24 emergency ambulance response centres located at designated routes across the country in the FCT, Kaduna, Gombe, Jigawa, Taraba, Niger, Kogi, Ondo, Edo, Osun, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara states, will be operational throughout the period. The FRSC will be complemented by relevant stakeholders such as the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Emergency Management Agency and others.

“This year’s nationwide exercise has become necessary to reduce the spate of road traffic crashes in the country usually resulting from violations of traffic rules and regulations, most especially during festive seasons.
The special patrol also entails intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the nation,” Oyeyemi said.

- CAJ News


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