The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kaduna State, on Wednesday, said it recorded 1,163 road accidents, 997 deaths and 4,317 injuries from January 2021 to October 2022.
The acting Sector Command, Garba Lawal, disclosed this during a two-day Ember Months safety campaign to commemorate the 2022 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims which comes up on Sunday, November 20.
He said, “In Kaduna, the road traffic crash statistics stands at 667 crashes in 2021 that resulted in the deaths of 542 people and 2,382 sustained various degrees of injuries.
“In 2022, as at October, there were 496 crashes resulting in the deaths of 455 people with 1,935 sustaining injuries.”
He explained that the causes of the road accidents were over speeding, wrongful overtaking, driving with worn out or expired tyres, among others.
Lawal, therefore, urged road users to embrace safe practices while plying the roads and called on the government to improve vehicular safety standards through adoption of the safe system approach.
In his keynote address, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, RS1 Kaduna, Mr Godwin Omiko, said the sensitisation was part of the corps’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the host community.
He said, “In consideration of our Ember Months enlightenment campaign, the theme for 2022 is “Avoid Speeding, Overloading and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive.
“Speeding and overloading account for 56 per cent of fatal crashes on our roads. Bad tyres have also been implicated in road crashes, hence we are enjoined to avoid speeding, overloading and unsafe tyres to arrive alive.”
Ibrahim Sunusi, the Director of Funds at the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance, commended FRSC for the programme and urged staff to practice road safety and extend the message to their families and the public. (NAN)