By Theodore Opara
Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has mobilised all its field and sector commands for the nationwide 2018 Easter Special Patrol operations.
The exercise, according to the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, is scheduled to run from March 28 till April 3 with focus on 39 corridors across the country.
Kazeem disclosed that the special operation was aimed at drastic reduction in road traffic accidents and attendant deaths, among other objectives.
According to him, the Easter public holidays declared by the Federal Government will definitely elicit an increase in vehicular movement across the nation’s highways.
“As such, it is expedient that the Corps prepare ahead of time to handle the situation in order to ensure smooth travel experience for motorists.
The associated risks involved in the upsurge of traffic include road traffic crashes and road obstruction among others, which the Corps must strategise to mitigate and we are doing that already.
This is in line with FRSC 2018 corporate strategic goal of improved enforcement and rescue services to reduce road traffic crashes by 15 per cent and fatalities by 30 per cent.”
Kazeem outlined other objectives of the exercise to include effective traffic management to ensure free traffic flow, high visibility of FRSC personnel on the highways and robust public enlightenment. Others are strict enforcement of traffic laws and regulations, prompt response to road traffic crashes, adequate supervision, surveillance and monitoring of commands’ activities.
The identified critical corridors, according to him, include Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi, Maiduguri-Biu-Numan-Jalingo-Wukani, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene, Enugu-Abakaliki-Ogoja-Mfum, Ibadan-Ife-Akure-Owo-Ifon-Benin and Benin-Warri-Patani-Sagbama-Ahoada-Port Harcourt highways among others. The FRSC spokesman said over 22 traffic gridlock areas had been identified nationwide and adequate personnel deployed to ensure free flow of traffic.He listed the areas to include Asaba by Bridge Head, Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha, Ore by construction area, Gwagwalada by bridge in the FCT, Katsina Ala by bridge, among others.
According to him, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has instructed all field commands to deploy personnel alongside special marshals and other relevant stakeholders on all the designated corridors and areas. Kazeem added that the 2018 Easter Special Patrol operation would focus on critical traffic offences such as failure to install speed limiting device, overloading and lane violations.