June 14, 2024

FRSC deploys 743 patrol vehicles to curtail road crashes on Nigerian roads

FRSC deploys 743 patrol vehicles to curtail road crashes on Nigerian roads

By Haruna Aliyu, Birnin Kebbi

The Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that to drastically reduce man-made road crashes on Nigerian roads, the corps has deployed at least 743 patrol vehicles, 93 ambulances, and 144 motorbikes and tow trucks as part of logistics to officers of the corps.

Speaking at the Kebbi state command of FRSC, Birnin Kebbi, the state commander, Sabo Maigari, said in a press conference to showcase their level of preparedness for the festive period of Sallah, and beyond that, the corps has identified some notable causes of road crashes, from overspeeding drunk driving, route violations, the use of substandard tyres, and driving under influence of hard drugs, among others.

He noted that the corps also frowns at loading human beings with animals, a common habit of truck drivers on the country’s highways, which oftentimes causes crashes on the road, leading to mass deaths and fatalities.

However, the corps, through sustained awareness and crackdown on defaulters, largely reduced road crashes, which also led to the arrest of scores of them through the collaborative efforts of the joint taskforce JTF with the assistance of mobile courts for instant prosecution of traffic offenders across the country.

The state roads safety chief added that the ambulances provided were meant to convey victims of road accidents to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Maigiri explained that with the support given to them by the corps marshal General, Shehu Muhammed, and the cooperation of stakeholders and traditional rulers, Kebbi will witness zero crashes during Sallah celebrations and beyond.

While thanking sister agencies in Kebbi State, he said the Command will not back down in her efforts to ensure the safety of road users and commuters, even as he warned truck drivers to desist from their habit of discomforting other vehicles on the road as they claim to be masters of the road.

Speaking further, he said to stem the menace of overloading and mixing humans with animals, the corps has drafted their men to motor parks to monitor loading of passengers to ensure any of such is not done.