The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC in Nigeria has deployed 20,000 personnels and patrol vehicles to reduce road traffic crashes during Eid El Kabir celebration.
Head of Media Relations and Strategy of the Commission, Bisi Kazeem, said FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, has relocated its Deputy Corps Marshals and Assistant Corps Marshals alongside Corps Commanders to the field where they are expected to boost the morale of Officers and Marshals on ground for the 2016 Sallah Special Patrol.
“In line with the Federal Road Safety Corps’ mandate of reducing road traffic crashes, as well as building a robust database on traffic matters in Nigeria, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, recently revealed that even though the Corps’ recorded success in crash reduction between January and August 2016, the figures of crashes and road incidents are still unacceptable and must be brought down significantly,” he explained.
The Corps Marshal who ordered the deploying of 697 patrol vehicles, 283 motorbikes, 76 ambulances and 22 tow trucks for Sallah patrols, said analysis showed that from January to August 2015, a total of 5,953 crashes were recorded, involving 39,119 people in which 3,233 of them died and 17,189 others were rescued alive.
He noted that within the same period in 2016, 5,707 crashes were recorded involving 38,222 people, out of which 3,048 died and 17,446 others were rescued alive.
The Corps Marshal while calling on motorcyclists and pedestrians to be more vigilant making use of the road, stressed that motorcyclists must use their safety helmets and comply with all traffic regulations.
According to him, “the Corps has been able to engender unprecedented
understanding and support from religious organizations, traditional rulers, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Standards Organization of Nigeria and other stakeholders in the road safety endeavours by resolutely supporting the Corps in all ramifications.”