DELTA State Coordinator of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Dickson Amromawhe have appealed to the Federal, State and Local Governments to carry out timely repairs on roads across the country and also ensure proper monitoring and supervision to manage the unsettling increase in the rate of road traffic accidents.
He said it was suicidal for contractors not to deploy/install warning and caution signs during construction/road repairs, adding, “Recent collisions/deaths along our roads due to the negligence of contractors are uncalled for as they are all avoidable”.
Mr. Amromawhe stated this in a welcome address he delivered at the 2011 Special Marshal and Partnership Zonal Conference in Warri with the theme, “Decade of Action: The role of civil society in road safety activities”.
He warned that if proactive measures were not taken to prevent road crashes and accidents, as well as winning over the upcoming generation to a more disciplined road safety culture within the next decade, the country should “be ready for huge succession of road mishaps”.
Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC Zone 5, Benin City, Mr. Y.O. Attah, commended special marshals across the zone for their numerous contributions and complimentary roles in uplifting the Corps, but noted that “a lot still need to be done, especially in the areas of patrols, public enlightenments and necessary assistance to the zonal command headquarters”.
One of the guest speakers, a don at the Delta State University, Abraka, Dr. David Ejenobo, said affluent parents, comprising the rich and the mighty, politicians and high government officials and their children, who drive recklessly on the highways and disobey traffic regulations with impunity, were the greatest hazards on our roads.
He asserted that the major reason why the FRSC has not achieved much in terms of stemming the tide of road accidents is because it has not been able to devise an effective strategy to deal with the this category of offenders and suggested the establishment of Family Traffic Clubs, FTCs, and Children Traffic Clubs, CTCs, to bring the family, comprising drivers, parents and children together for regular road safety education.
In his opening address, Engr. Harriman Oyofo, who presided over the technical session at the workshop, attributed the major causes of road accidents to distraction, noting that a two_ second distraction could cause an irreparable damage.
According to Oyofo, “Safety regulators should look for the various causes of distraction, which in turn result in accidents, including use of mobile phones, mp3 players, GPRS gadgets in cars, eating and drinking while driving.”
The National Coordinator, Special Marshal, Reverend Fr. Emmanuel Otiaba, emphasized that a decade of education and campaign had ended and the FRSC was embarking on a decade of action with a view to preventing and reducing road mishaps, saying that with action and dedication, the goal will be achieved.