By Chris OCHAYI,Abuja
To ensure sanity that is maintained on the nationâ€™s highways during the Xmas and New Year celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has commenced a nationwide roads patrol for effective monitoring of vehicular traffic.
The nationwide patrol tagged â€œOperation Zeroâ€ was designed to curb the usual traffic congestion associated with the end of the â€˜emberâ€™ season especially within identified black spots in some parts of the country.
This special exercise will run from 18 December 2009 to 10 January 2010 with robust public enlightenment campaigns, rescue activities and strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations as part of measures to engender safer road use during the yuletide.
Disclosing these strategies in a statement issued by its Public Education Officer, Samuel Obayemi, in Abuja, said 58 Ambulances, 71 motorcycles, 12 medium tow trucks, 4 heavy duty tow trucks and 61 operational vehicles will be deployed along 19 corridors made up of 56 routes during the yuletide.
The FRSC operatives, according to Obayemi, have been mandated to contend with road vices such as speed violation, overloading, dangerous driving, non_use of passenger manifest and seat belt, safety helmet violation, lane indiscipline, drunk driving, number plate violation, in addition to defective head/ tail lights and windscreen.
Other strategies for the exercise are the establishment of mobile courts along patrol routes to ensure prompt dispensation with traffic offences and support from the Nigerian Police, the National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian motoring public is reminded of the need to contact the FRSC call centre on the emergency number 0700_2255_3772 as part of measures to ensure prompt response to challenging traffic situations and road traffic crashes.