No fewer than 532 people have died from road accidents between January and September this year in Osun, Ondo and Oyo States, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said.
Speaking at a mega rally as part of the efforts to sensitise motorists ahead of “2021 Ember-Months”, the Zonal Commanding Officer, Oshogbo, Assistant Corp Marshall Emmanuel Abe, said 3,816 people were rescued in the crashes.
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He said most of the crashes were caused by overspeeding, route violation, bad roads and poor visibility due to night travelling particularly along Lagos – Ibadan, Ibadan – Ife, Ibadan – Oyo, Oyo – Ogbomosho, Ife – Ilesha, Ilesha – Akure, Akure – Owo and Benin – Lagos expressways.
“It is in line with this that the FRSC adopted ‘maintain safe trip, avoid night travelling and enjoy quality road experience’ as the theme for this year’s ember months campaign to provide an avenue for the convergence of relevant stakeholders in road traffic management to tackle existing challenges.”
“It is not only ember months that caused road crashes but peoples mobility behaviour during the period.”
He urged drivers to maintain their vehicle, avoid making unplanned trips without considering their health status, avoid reckless driving, avoid making calls while driving and refrain from driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The Commissioner for Transport and Public Work in Oyo State, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, urged drivers to avoid whatever that could endanger their lives while plying roads, particularly during these ember months.