Yuletide: FRSC advises motorists against reckless driving

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday advised motorists to guide against reckless driving before, during and after the Yuletide.

Mr Sulaiman Taiwo, Badagry Unit Commander of FRSC, gave the advice at the flag off of 2020 Ember Months Safety Campaign in Badagry.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that theme of the campaign was: “Drive Safe, Stay Safe”.

According to him, there is no evil in Ember Months, just like every other month in a year.

“Ember Months are neither characterised with road accident or responsible for deaths on our roads; it is our reckless driving that is responsible for all these crashes.

“The cause of more accidents during the Ember Months or Yuletide is due to non-compliance to the traffic rules and regulations by motorists.

“If you observe traffic rules and regulations, if you don’t speed and ensure your vehicles are in good condition before setting out, there will be little or no crash,” he said.

Taiwo warned motorists against impatience or speeding while on the highways.

“You are safer when you drive at approved speed limits than to engage in excessive speed and get involved in a road crash,” he said.

Taiwo said that 19 crashes, which involved 57 people, were recorded from January to November in the unit.

“Out of these, 48 people were injured, while 31 vehicles were involved, including 22 commercial vehicles and nine private cars, with no death recorded,” he said.

The unit commander said that FRSC would not condone any act of indiscipline by motorists during and after the Yuletide.

“Our men will cover the whole state to ensure that accidents are avoided or reduced to the barest minimum,” he said.

The unit commander said that the corps would embark on safety sensitisation across parks in Badagry aimed at promoting safety on the roads during the festive period.

Also, the Akran of Badagry, Babatunde Akran, represented by Chief Tunde Giro, the Depegan of Badagry, advised drivers not to drink while driving.

Akran also advised them not to drive against traffic rules and regulations.

NAN reports that traditional rulers and chiefs from different communities in Badagry, commercial and private car drivers, government officials, market men and women attended the event. (NAN)

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