FRSC records 1, 263 crashes, 445 deaths in FCT, Niger in 2021

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Friday that 1,263 Road Traffic Crashes were recorded in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger in 2021.

The Zonal Commander, FCT and Niger, Mr Jonas Agwu, told newsmen in Abuja that 445 deaths were recorded and 3,032 people sustained various degrees of injuries within the period under review.

Agwu identified speed and wrong overtaking as major cause of the accidents, adding that speeding remained the number source of worry for corps personnel in road safety management.

He said that the corps would do its best to ensure that accidents resulting from speeding to the barest minimum in 2022.

He said that Mokwa-Jebba road in Niger was one of the most dangerous corridors in the territory under the command..

“ Crash trends shows that speed remains a concern to the corps. Our enforcement of speed limiters led to the arrests of 5,006 motorists for violating road traffic rules.

“Also, 1,092 were cautioned on speeding. If we continue with our enforcement we should be able to address this fully,” he said.

Agwu said that the corps would continue to monitor road usage to guard against dangerous driving, among other causes of accidents.

He appealed to the public to toll free numbers during emergencies get quick and prompt responses from the FRSC.

Also speaking, the Sector Commander, FCT Command, Mr Oga Ochi, said that the command recorded 964 crashes in 2021 while 189 people were killed in accidents in FCT.

Ochi said that 4,897 people were involved in road traffic accidents with 1,914 injured.

According to him, the FCT command recorded 144 fatal cases and 194 minor cases in 2021. (NAN)