The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) through its sustained campaign on improved safety standards via speed limiters has achieved an unprecedented feat of a 35% decrease in number of vehicle crashes. This was made possible through some strategic reforms embarked upon by the Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi-led Corp, supports from the Federal Government and increased rate of observance of road safety rules by road users.
Consequent upon these, the Corp recorded an all time decrease of 35 percent in number of accidents in Nigeria roads and an increase of 200 percent in the number of people rescued alive this period, compared with same period last year.
In a press statement released by the Head, Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, the Special Operation which commenced on 13th through 18 April 2017 saw massive deployment of FRSC personnel and logistics to strategic areas, especially vulnerable areas.
In the course of the operations, the rate of ‘rescued alive’ increased to 229 percent as compared to 2016. In the same vein, according to the Corp’s scorecards, 8,896 offences were committed by 7,589 offenders who were arrested for various infractions.
Mobile Court sittings were also held across the country during which 398 persons were arraigned while 382 of them were convicted and 16 discharged and acquitted..
Kazeem said the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has noted that the Corps’ performance this year in terms of rescue operations improved significantly as compared to previous years. Kazeem equally stated that this year’s Easter Patrol operations opened the Corps to more preventive measures with the support and collaboration of the motorists and relevant stakeholders including the security agencies.
The Corps Marshal further commended everyone who made it possible for the job well done and assured that the aggressive operations would be sustained by the Corps beyond the celebration to keep the nation’s road safer for all users.
The Corp Marshal observed that commercial motorists had less accidents compared with private motorist, indicating that the Corp would henceforth increase its checks on private motorists since most of the recorded accidents involved them.
He particularly enjoined commercial motorists to ensure that they install the speed limiting device in their vehicles as the campaign against speed related crashes would be more aggressively pursued through enforcement of the use of the devices enforcement of which commenced on 1st February 2017.