By Daniel Eteghe
Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Mr. Jonas Agwu, has said that 80 per cent of road accidents across the country were as a result of human factors.
Mr. Agwu disclosed this while delivering a lecture on the topic “Road Safety” at the 14th Annual Lecture organised by the Lagoon Hospital Friends at Onikan, Lagos.
Agwu noted that about 3,000 people die on road accidents on daily basis across the country, adding that the highest proportion amongst the death ranged from 15 to 54 years.
According to him, this population forms the bulk of the nation’s workforce.
Enumerating several factors that could facilitate dangerous accidents on the highways to include mechanical factor, human factor, and other factors, Agwu pointed out that of all the factors responsible for accidents on the highway, human factor had over the years been rated as a major cause that had claimed many lives.
He mentioned that amongst the human factors were drunkenness, poor quality drivers, over speeding by drivers, bad attitude and culture of driving as well as the attitude of policemen and other uniform men that left their duty of controlling traffic for the money they would get in their pockets, adding that if precautionary measures were not put in place more deaths could still be recorded on our roads due to human factors.
“There are more deaths on the road than those who die of malaria and other related diseases, the number of deaths increases every year as a result of human factors. I strongly affirm that we have a lot of road crashes as a result of people’s mistakes and carelessness while driving on the highway.
“There are three dimensions of road safety, such as the road, the vehicle and human factor. Of all these, it is the human factor that is responsible for more deaths on our highways,“ he affirmed.
The FRSC boss, however, cautioned that if nothing was done to arrest it, there would be more deaths on the highways, adding that the important thing was not whether the road was good or bad but the attitudes of the people on the wheels.
“It i s not about the roads whether they are good or bad, it is about our attitudes. So going back to our family values that helps us to obey the rules of the land. Apart from that, your safety must depend not on what any other person does but what I must do to save my life“ he added.
He further noted that FRSC is putting all efforts to ensure that passengers, drivers as well as pedestrians were effectively enlightened about the danger of their reckless attitudes in the course of using the roads.