The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said it would arrest masquerades causing traffic congestion or accidents during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
The Zonal Commanding Officer RS5 Benin City, Mr Kehinde Adeleye, said this during its Ember month campaign in Onitsha, Anambra yesterday.
Adeleye said there were cases in the past when masquerades engaged in acts which resulted in traffic crashes and inconvenience.
“This is a season of masquerades and there were times when they cause accidents in the past. This time we may have to impound such masquerades”, Mr Kehinde Adeleye said.
FRSC Corps Marshal,Mr. Boboye warned motorists against flouting traffic rules and embarking on night journeys.He was represented by Mr Kehinde Adeleye.
He thanked the government of Anambra for its support for FRSC and restated the commitment of the corps to ensuring safe motoring environment in the state.
In his address, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander in Anambra, said the FRSC was ready to ensure safe motoring environment in the state.
The Command had already identified the strategic routes in the State and deployed personnel to effectively check such areas.
The campaign was declared open by Gov. Willie Obiano, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke.
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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command yesterday called on all stakeholders to rally support for the corps in entrenching the culture of safe use of Nigeria roads.
The State FRSC Sector Commander, Mrs Winifred Uche, made the call at the flag-off of 2019 Ember Months Public Education Campaign/ Mega rally held in Ibadan.
The theme of this year’s programme is “Road Safety is a State of Mind: Road Traffic Crash is an Absence of Mind: Stay Alert, Stay Alive”.
“Prevention of crashes during the Ember months was not impossible if motorists imbibe the culture of alertness and safety consciousness behind the wheels”, Uche said.
Avoidance of traffic infractions capable of inducing road crashes must be encouraged at all levels to accomplish ember month period devoid of unwarranted road related incidences.
“It is public knowledge that the ember month period is characterised by increased human and vehicular traffic with a probable rise in prevalence of risky road use behaviours capable of accelerating traffic crashes with their corresponding consequences”, The Sector Commander noted.
The corps is strongly determined to reduce road traffic fatality rate by 35 per cent by 2020 with the vision of a country where road traffic crashes results in no death or serious injuries.
“Drive with full concentration and be conscious of safety while on the road”, she advised motorists.
The Sector Commander urged motorists to shun over loading, excessive speed and ensure to obey all traffic rules to reduce road crashes.
The FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, represented by the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Osogbo, ACM Godwin Ogagaoghene, urged motorists to ensure their vehicles were in good condition before embarking on any journey.
Oyeyemi also urged motorists to always remember the pains their love ones would go through in case of their demise and therefore called on them to shun excessive speed when driving..
In his remark, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, said that road crashesclaimed more lives in Nigeria as a result of indiscipline.
Makinde, represented by the Oyo State Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Bayo Lawal, said that the campaign by FRSC would reduce the number of accidents on Nigerian roads.
He pledged his administration’s assistance to the FRSC in the State when called upon.
The programme was attended by the representatives of Tricycle Riders Association , National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Immigration, Army, NSCDC among others.