By Suzan Edeh
Thirty-five persons have been killed, while 104 others were injured in 38 road crashes involving 260 people in Bauchi State between July and August this year.
A report on the road traffic crashes obtained from the Bauchi State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission on Friday, indicated that the casualties comprised of 33 adults and two children.
According to the report, a breakdown of the statistics showed that 22 people were killed, 54 others injured in 17 different crashes involving 122 people in August. Twenty-eight vehicles were also involved.
In July, the report also indicated that, 13 passengers were killed 50 others injured in 21 crashes involving 138 passengers in 31 vehicles, across the state.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Ibrahim Abubakar, in an interview said the Sector Command had intensified its campaigns and dialogue with motorists during this ember months period to reduce road accidents across the State.
He stated that the Sector Command in the state was particularly worried over the high rate of accidents involving the Vectra Drivers along the ever-busy Bauchi-Jos Road.
“We have increased our sensitization campaigns now because of the high volume of vehicles on the road from this September down to December. The vehicular movement is usually very high at this period because of the number of people travelling from one part of the country to the other.
“We are very worried with the high rate of accidents involving the Vectra drivers along the Bauchi-Jos Road which usually have a high density of vehicles because it links the North East states.
“It is a very serious social menace that the new regime of commercial drivers’ licence is trying to address.
“We are aware that most of these drivers are not using the commercial driver’s license and the FRSC in collaboration with the Bauchi State Government is seriously working hard to address this.”