The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Akwa Ibom State, Matthew Olonisaye has said the Command has recorded 58 road crashes and 119 casualties between January and October 2021.
Olonisaye disclosed this on Wednesday in Uyo, during an occasion to commemorate the African Road Safety Day and the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes.
Olonisaye, who was represented by Mr David Irunoje, Deputy Corps Commander and Head of Operations in the Command said in 2020, the FRSC recorded 93 road crashes and 143 casualties.
He said the 38 percent decrease recorded between 2020 and 2021 was due to vigorous sensitisation carried out by the agency to the public.
Speaking on the “World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes,” Olonisaye said the United Nations set aside every third week of November to remember millions of lives lost or hurt in road traffic crashes.
He added that the activities were expected to highlight measures taken by national governments, non-governmental organisations and religious bodies to guard against the menace of road traffic crashes.
The statement in parts, “In view of the available crash record, it is evident to state that frantic efforts are being made by Corps to put a halt to the increasing and alarming rate of road traffic crashes occasioned by reckless/dangerous and speeding along the major interstate corridors within Akwa Ibom State and to reduce the rate of abandonment of vehicles that cause needless traffic deadlock within Uyo metropolis.
“To tackle this menace headlong, the Corps deployed the instrument of public enlightenment campaign like this to reach to all categories of road users.
“Therefore, I call on all and sundry to join in this sensitisation campaign to instil the culture of safety consciousness in all road users, ” he said.
The sector commander urged road users especially drivers to think safety and act safely as the yuletide season draws near.
He urged drivers to ensure that they keep their vehicles in roadworthy conditions, use good quality tyres, avoid overloading, night trips, use of alcohol and excessive speed, stressing that speed kills.
The Sector Commander advocated for better support for road traffic victims and victims’ families and promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road deaths and injuries.