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133 die in auto accidents – FRSC

Lokoja—  The FRSC has said 133 Nigerians died in 33 auto accidents which occurred across the country between Dec.18 and Dec.24.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Osita Chidoka, told newsmen in Lokoja  that 183 other persons sustained  injuries in the accidents.

He attributed the frightening figure to the heavy casualties recorded in the accidents that occurred in Dekina, Kogi State, and Bauchi on Dec. 18 and Dec. 20 respectively.

Chidoka, who said 30 deaths were recorded within the same period last year, blamed drivers’ poor attitude to traffic rules for this year’s casualties.

The Corps Marshal reviewed the commission’s “ Operation Zero Tolerance for Road Accident’’ initiative  and expressed displeasure over the number of casualties.

He, however, welcomed the high response of motorists to the advocacy initiative designed to reduce accidents on the roads before and during Christmas.

Chidoka  also said the level of discipline and cooperation of government convoys this year had been encouraging.
The nationwide advocacy programme was launched by the FRSC in Abuja on Dec. 18.

He said that the commission had succeeded in reducing the rate of accident in the country by 30 per cent while efforts were being intensified to achieve 50 per cent reduction by 2015.

Chidoka expressed happiness over the conduct of drivers plying Abuja_Lokoja_Okene highway since the commencement of the special operation.

He urged motorists to avoid over speeding  and ensure they use the seatbelt while driving.


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