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Roads agency records reduction in Easter crashes

14 April 2015, 08:11Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has reported a significant reduction in the number of crashed recorded during the just-ended aster period from the corresponding period last year.

The agency disclosed 15 road traffic crashes nationwide during special patrols between April 1-8 this year, translating to a 17 percent reduction when compared to 139 recorded within the same period.

Corps Public Education Officer, Imoh Etuk, while presenting an update on the Corps’ activities during this year’s Easter festive season, said the reduction in road crashes and traffic offenders was a result of massive deployment of personnel and logistics along critical corridors based on intelligence derived from last year’s special operations.

Etuk said the corps also recorded 25 percent reduction in the number of vehicles involved in road traffic crashes within this period, which stood at 172, in comparison with 230 vehicles in 2014 while 13 percent reduction was also recorded in number of people involved in road traffic crashes in 2015 with 885 persons as against the 2014 figure of 1 012.

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He said however details of the 2015 fatality figures indicate that 85 deaths were recorded against 80 deaths in 2014.

Etuk added that 463 casualties were recorded this year against 451 persons in 2014.

He said the FRSC arraigned 23 traffic offenders, out of which 20 were convicted, while 1 388 offenders were arrested for contravening 8 625 traffic-related offences during the 2015 festive season.

Etuk said non-use of seat belt by motorists was most prevalent with 2 194 offences, followed by riding without safety helmet 1 013 and tyre violation accounting for 1 040 offences.

The official said speed limit violation accounted for most of the road traffic crashes during the exercise with 44 cases, followed by loss of control with 29 and wrongful overtaking accounting for 12 road traffic crashes.

- CAJ News


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