The Federal Road Safety Corps in Nigeria (FRSC), has warned motorists to desist from driving under the influence of alcohol in order to reduce road traffic accidents on the nation’s high ways.
The Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, stated this while delivering a paper on the topic: “Advancing Road Safety through Consultative Discourse” at the Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) CEOs meeting in Lagos, South west Nigeria.
According to the Corps Marshal, the FRSC establishment Act 2007, and National Road Traffic Regulations 2012, prohibits and prescribes fines and imprisonment terms for driving or attempting to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and other narcotics which could lead to fatal road traffic accident.
He stated that “Nigeria’s road fatality per 100,000 human population is presently reduced to 2.99% in 2015 compared to records of preceding years where the least fatality rate per 100,000 was 3.61% in 2012.” The higher the consumption of alcohol beverage, the higher the speed which in turn results in impaired vision and illusive driving.
For his part, the Chairman Beer Sectoral Group, Mr, Nico Vervelde, who is also the Managing Director Nigerian Breweries Limited, expressed optimism that the collaborative effort would help to move the transport sector forward, by imbibing the culture of responsible drinking and ensuring that drunk driving is discouraged.
The BSG comprises of Nigerian Breweries Ltd (NBL), Guinness, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), and SAB Miller.