The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has raised concern over the alarming rate of road crashes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which, it says, has resulted in loss of many lives.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi stated this at the Flag Off of the 2019 Ember Months Campaign in the FCT.
The theme of the campaign was “Road safety is a state of mind; road traffic crash is an absence of mind; stay alert, stay alive.”
Oyeyemi who was represented by Assistant Corps Marshal, Federal Operations, Mr Hygenius Fuomsuk said that the rate of accidents in the FCT was alarming but could be prevented.
He said that with the launch of the campaign, road users should be extra careful while driving.
“People should change their attitude for good because accidents could be avoided. It is not a curse, crashes are caused by human beings,” he said.
Oyeyemi reiterated the need for road users to cooperate with the corps in order to ensure safer roads in the FCT and across the country.
“FRSC will succeed only when motorists cooperate with us because it is not road safety affairs alone, it is a collective responsibility,” he said.
He urged road users to use the pedestrian bridges so as to compliment government’s effort at ensuring safety of life and property.
On his part, FCT Sector Commander of the corps, Mr Gora Wobin said that ember months usually witness increased movement of humans, goods and services across the country.
“These developments are due to a number of factors which are mostly human, result in avoidable loss of lives and property.
” Etiquette for road safety requires that one must not allow the action or inaction of another to determine safety on roads.
“All road users must therefore ensure compliance to all road traffic regulations in order to ensure zero tolerance to road traffic crashes during the ember months and beyond.”
He lamented that there were still road infractions that were preventable in the FCT and which must be addressed urgently.
According to Wobin, these infractions include refusal of pedestrians to use pedestrian bridges, use of handsets while driving, operators of tricycles and motorcycles plying unauthorised routes among others.
These, he said had serious security and safety implications and so must be frowned at by all.
He, however, showed appreciation to stakeholders in the transport sector and the FCT Administration for their assistance which had assisted the command in its quest in ensuring safety on roads.
In his remark, the traditional ruler of Garki, Alhaji Usman Kupi, commended the FRSC in its effort at traffic management in and around the FCT.
He called for creation of more mobile courts across the FCT to ensure the apprehension of road offenders.