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10 die in Oyo auto crashes

Ibadan – The Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) in Oyo said on Monday that 10 people died  in  20 road crashes in November.

The casualty figure was contained in the Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) report released on Monday in Ibadan by the Oyo State Sector Commander, Mr  Godwin Ogagaoghene.

The FRSC boss said that the crashes, which involved 159 commuters, occurred at various road points across the state.

He said that no fewer than 67 people were injured in the road mishaps, some of whom were still recuperating in  various health institutions.

Ogagaoghene said the data, however,  reflected a drastic improvement from the number of auto crashes data collated in previous months.

He expressed the hope  that the casualty figure would continue to reduce by the end of  the year.

“I believe this improved statistics reflect  upon our relentless effort in creating awareness on road safety measures over the last one year.

“Motorists are beginning to see the need in obeying traffic laws while also ensuring their vehicles are in good condition before embarking on trips,’’ Ogagaoghene said.

He  also urged  road users  to exercise patience on the roads  during the Christmas period, saying that over-speeding could result in fatal mishaps.

“This period  when the roads become very busy due to the festivities, drivers need to take it easy and give considerations to one another.

“They must ensure their vehicles meet the minimum safety standards before embarking on any journey no matter how short, which will ensure safety on our roads.

“I want to use the opportunity to implore motorists not to exceed the legal maximum speed limit of a 100km/h on the expressway  and 90km/h on the highway.

“When we keep to these speed limits, the possibility of getting to our destinations safely is higher. It’s always better to be late than to be the late,’’ he said.

Ogaggaoghene advised motorists to refrain from overloading, adding that vehicles come with instructions on capacity limits.

He said the overloading of a vehicle could lead to  explosion on motion. (NAN)


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