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Roads agency seeks court action to end carnage

10 February 2015, 19:39

Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has concluded arrangements to aid injured victims of road traffic crashes and relatives of the deceased to seek redress and compensation in the courts of law to deter drivers from violating traffic rules and regulations.

The Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Corps Commander Imoh Etuk, while conveying the displeasure of the FRSC at the spate of auto-crashes blamed on reckless driving, disclosed the plans.

“A situation where multiple deaths are recorded due to carelessness and dereliction of drivers and owners of vehicles is totally unaccepted,” he said.

He recalled the crash along Ilesha-Ife Road on Sunday was linked to route violation, as the driver of a Toyota Hiace bus was said to have left his lane and drove against traffic and had a head-on collision with a Sienna bus, resulting in the death of 17 people. Two were seriously injured.

Also read: FRSC blames road accidents on bad road signs

A fatal crash in which 16 persons died and 49 others injured along Dogon Kuka in Damaturu earlier this month, involving a Luxury bus and a trailer was caused by speed limit violation, tyre burst and loss of control.

“In the same vein, two people were killed at Askunni Bridge along Sokoto- Talata Mafara- Gusau Road last week when a Sharon bus crashed due to loss of control and injured 6 other persons,” said Etuk.

Etuk said emerging trends revealed lane violation, speed limit violation and wrong use of vehicle such as using trucks to convey many passengers or carrying passengers on overloaded truck were major causes of road traffic crashes on Nigerian roads.

He appealed to road users to avoid road traffic violations such as driving against traffic, speed limit violation, dangerous driving, use of phone while driving, non use of seat belt, drunk driving.

“The Corps enjoins all road users to always be safety conscious,” Etuk added.


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