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Road crashes: Drivers tasked to obey traffic laws

The Lagos State Government has tasked drivers and other road users in the state to obey traffic rules and regulations to stem the tide of…

The Lagos State Government has tasked drivers and other road users in the state to obey traffic rules and regulations to stem the tide of road crashes during the Ember Months and beyond.

The “Year 2021 Special Marshal Sector Workshop” was organised to sensitise motorists and other road users on road safety culture towards reduction of carnage during the Ember Months.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, stated this during a Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos Sector Command’s workshop with the theme: “Volunteerism Beyond Ember Months: The Role of Special Marshals in Combating Road Traffic Crashes”.

The deputy governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr Kamar Olowoshago, averred that some road accidents were preventable if drivers obeyed traffic rules and regulations.

He said overspeeding, overloading, and driving at night oftentimes were responsible for a greater percentage of road crashes, hence the need for drivers to be more educated on all safety tips.

Explaining road crashes’ global status, the deputy governor stated that road accidents were a global phenomenon that had been of concern to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The FRSC Lagos Sector Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide, recalled the old days when the Special Marshals attracted so many committed volunteers who were ready to contribute their quota to traffic management with professionalism and integrity.