Lagos traffic law: Okada-related accidents have decreased – Orthopaedic surgeon

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Lagos – An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Obianyor Ocee, says there has been a reduction in the number of motorcycle-related accidents since the enforcement of the ban on “okada’’ riders in Lagos State.

Ocee, who is the Head, Emergency Medical Department, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, made the disclosure in an interview with reporters in Lagos on Saturday.

He said this was due to the full enforcement of the recent ban on commercial motorcycle riders, popularly known as “okada’’, in some major parts in the state.

Gov. Babatunde Fashola had on Aug. 2, 2012 signed into law the Lagos Road Traffic Bill.

The law prohibits the operations of commercial motorcyclists on 475 roads in the state.

Fashola, while signing the bill into law, said it was to check the rising cases of accidents, especially the ones caused by the commercial motorcyclists.

He also said the law would help to restore order to the roads.

Ocee said okada-related accidents decreased in comparison between September and October, when the ban was fully enforced.

This was against the background of the high rate recorded between June and August when the commercial motorcyclists were still in operation on those roads.

The consultant noted however that the figure jumped to 41 male and 26 female in November, even though he could not explain the reason for the increase.

According to the statistics he made available, there was a decrease from 183 recorded between June and August to 130 between September and November.

The statistics show 18 male and three female recorded in September and 33 male and nine female in October, while it increased to 41 male and 26 female in November.

“This is against 36 male and 20 female recorded in June, 49 male and 24 female in July, and 36 male and 18 female recorded in August, just before the commencement of enforcement of the ban,” he said.

Ocee said those in the age group of 15 to 44 years accounted for the high rate of accidents, saying people in the age range were still active and indulged more in riding motorcycles.

“Definitely, banning them takes a lot of them off the roads, thereby resulting in less accidents occurring,’’ the consultant said.

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