The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has disclosed that concerted effort of the corps and other road safety agencies across the country has brought road crashes reduction nationwide from 400 to 300 weekly.
Deputy Corps Mar-shal, Federal Road Safety Corps, (Opera-tion); Mr. Bobaye Oyeyemi who disclo-sed this during the inauguration of the nationwide special patrol tagged “Operation Rainstorm’ said that the operation was part of their operational strategy to reduce road crashes by 20 per cent and fatality by 30 per cent in 2013.
The Deputy Corps Marshal who represented the corps marshal, Mr. Osita Chidoka said that the week long (June 9 – 16, 2013) was aimed at consolidating on last month’s exercise tagged ‘Operation Shield’ and other operational activities, embarked upon by the corps since the beginning of the year.
According to the Deputy Corps Marshal, the special patrol was supported by the World Bank which made available a number of patrol vehicles to boost the operation.
Fliers were distributed to drivers at different points by the FRSC officials who took the opportunity to advise motorists on the need to drive with caution during the rainny season and beyond.
The Corps’ Public Education Officer, Mr. Jonas Agwu, also said in a statement, “Operation rainstorm has been organised in a triad dimension to cater for strict enforcement of road traffic regulations intertwined with robust public enlightenment campaigns and fleet operators’ inspection and certification under the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme.”
He said there would be massive deployment of patrol vehicles, motorbikes, ambulances and tow trucks along designated routes of the highways to boost the enforcement activities during the special patrol.
Agwu also said, the enforcement would centre be on number plate violations such as covering of number plates with plastic, use of ‘Peace Ambassador’ number plates, use of plastic number plates and broken and defaced number plates, all of which negated the provisions of the National Road Traffic Regulations 2004.
He said, “Operation rainstorm will also address other road vices such as speed limit violation, overloading, dangerous driving, driver’s licence violation, non-use of the passenger manifest by some fleet operators and light sign violations.”
He added that the campaign would focus on the traffic hazards associated with the use of worn-out tyres, speed limit violation, the new number plate and use of phone while driving.