Monday, 14 December 2015

5,996 deaths in 10,380 road accidents recorded in 2014 – FRSC

THE Federal Road Safety Corps has said over 5,996 deaths were recorded in 10,380 accidents that occurred in 2014 in the country.

The FRSC, which stated this during a mega rally tagged ‘Operation Sanity: Drive to Stay Alive’ organised in Port Harcourt, added that over 32,063 persons sustained various degrees of injuries.
Speaking on the occasion, the Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 6, Mr. Bulus Darwang, described accident as the major cause of death and disability in the country.
Darwang estimated that road accidents were the cause of over 15 per cent of death rate in Nigeria, adding that it could be reduced complying with traffic rules.
He added that the number of deaths recorded through road accidents in 2014 showed a downward trend when compared to 2013 data on road mishaps.
Darwang said the downward trend was an indication that the FRSC had improved road safety activities, stressing that the agency was not happy as its aim was to eradicate road crashes and create safe motoring environment in Nigeria.
“The scourge (accident) has become a major social and health challenge in Nigeria as road use has continued to soar and road infrastructure overburdened, hence the need for concerted and collective efforts of all levels of government and citizens of Nigerian to curtail the menace.
“This situation calls for increased public road safety awareness and attitudinal change, safer road use behaviour and strict compliance to traffic rules by all road users while the corps is required to provide effective public road safety education,” he said.
Darwang pointed out that the corps would provide stricter and improved application and enforcement of road traffic laws as well as effective rescue provision to achieve the 20 per cent reduction in road traffic crashes.
“The corps will also provide stricter and improved application and enforcement of road traffic laws as well as effective rescue provision to achieve 30 per cent reduction in fatality, which forms part of its 2015 corporate strategic goals,” he said.

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