Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed thousands of personnel for special nationwide patrol during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Officials said the deployment of 15 500 personnel was in line with efforts to ensure safety on the highways, especially during the festive seasons.
“This exercise is pursuant to FRSC 2013 strategic goals of reducing road crashes by 20 percent and fatalities by 30 percent at the end of the year,” stated Jonas Agwu, the Corps Public Education Officer.
Agwu said the exercise was also designed as pro-active measures to check excesses in traffic so as to prevent road crashes and resultant losses in material and human resources.
“The intensive special patrol is aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually associated with the surge of human and vehicular traffic across the country and is an all-inclusive exercise which will witness intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the nation,” he added.
“Consequent upon this, the Corps has embarked on massive deployment of 15 500 personnel alongside patrol vehicles, motor bikes, tow trucks and ambulances along critical corridors and black spots within the Northern axis such as Yangoji, Lokoja, Akwanga, Jos, Mokwa, Bida, Potiskum, Bauchi, Lafia, Makurdi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Gombe and Kano, in addition to the establishment of mobile courts at specific locations for quick dispensation with road traffic offences.”
Agwu added that the nationwide exercise formed part of the Corps sustained efforts to build a consistent tradition of enforcing traffic rules and regulations throughout the year to avoid a one-off approach to road safety management in the country.
“The 2013 Sallah patrol signifies the in tension of the Corps to do all within its powers to ensure that zero road crash, injury and death are recorded throughout the period of the Ember season and yuletide.”
He warned motorists to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of vehicles which ply the highways as there would be no waiver for any traffic violations.
Agwu enjoined commuters to monitor their drivers and to employ subtle approach to call them to order in the face of any form of reckless driving.
– CAJ News