By Tony Nyong
Uyo — The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, says it arrested 2,106 offenders, for 2,211 offences between January and August 2010 this year.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Peter Kibo, made this known in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in his office.
He said: “The Command apprehended 2,106 offenders, who committed 2,211 offences in 2010 compared to 2009, where the figure showed a tremendous increase.” According to him, the accident statistics indicated that there was significant reduction in fatality within the period under review.
Out of the reported total cases of 41 accidents, 10 were fatal, leading to 11 deaths, while the offences ranged from non-use of seat belt, over speeding, dangerous overtaking, over loading to light and sign as well as the non- use of helmet.
Kibo disclosed that the Command was embarking on ‘Operation Eagle Eye’, a special patrol to check, caution and lecture offenders on what they should know, adding that 80 percent of the road accidents were attributed to human error.
Impatience and lack of consideration for other road users, he added, were other causes named in the categories of mechanical, environmental and human factors that bring about road accidents.
He, however, identified lack of funds, personnel and vehicle as those challenges staring the Command in the face, but praised the Corps Marhall for the way he had piloted the affairs of the Commission to the extent that its presence is felt in all the 774 local governments of the nation.
In preparation for the Christmas, a period that normally records high incedents of crashes due to high vehicular movement, the FRSC boss in the State said he was embarking on public enlightenment programmes around motor parks, churches, mosques and even talking to Okadas as part of the efforts to reduce accidents cases on the Nigerian roads.