Commuters on the Kaduna-Abuja highway have resorted to driving against the traffic flow to avoid bad portions of the road, a practice, our correspondent gathered has caused series of road accidents along the highway.
Arewa Trust Weekly correspondent who travelled on the highway observed that commuters heading to Kaduna often move into the opposite lane in an effort to avoid the road riddled with potholes. This often results in collusion between speeding cars driving in opposite directions.
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Even though our correspondent saw personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the highway, not much attention was being paid to people who drive against traffic.
A food vendor near Olam Farms, where a recent accident occurred, said the number of accidents on weekly basis have been on the increase as speeding cars easily collide due to the action of drivers who move to other lanes in order to avoid a bad section of the highway.
The food vendor, Mohammed Usman, said: “Just recently, there was an accident involving a commercial bus. The driver lost control and it led to multiple crashes involving four other vehicles which all veered dangerously off the road.”
Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan had recently expressed Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s sadness over the rate of accidents on the highway.
“The governor expressed shock at the repeated traffic violations and made a renewed call to drivers plying the highway to desist from the deadly practice of driving against the flow of traffic,” he said.