The Federal Road safety Commission (FRSC) in Katsina State has commenced the “ember month campaign for accident-free celebrations” at motor parks in the state.
This is to sensitise members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the public, as well as the Special Marshals on the dangers of overloading, over speeding, poor vehicle maintenance and use of expired tires.
Ngueku, the state FRSC Sector Commandant, represented by Jim Ndianalenya, the sector’s Assistant Head of Operations, in Katsina at the weekend, warned motorists and other road users in the state on the dangers of poor road habits such as overloading, saying this could lead to untimely loss of lives and properties.
Ngueku also frowned at the loading of human beings in the boot of vehicles and the use of expired tires, describing them as catastrophic.
According to him, human beings are not cargoes; overloading, he noted, encourages multiple loss of lives; “it is an abuse of vehicle capacity,” adding that the use of expired tires also put the driver in double jeopardy as disaster loomed.
Danjuma John, the Public Relations Officer of the Special Marshals, on his part, had earlier cautioned the drivers against over-speeding, which often misleads them into attributing road accidents as the handiwork of God.
“Drivers ought to observe speed limits to help them manage speed, as they are not expected to go beyond 120kph. Someone going at 60, 80 and 120kph will still get to the same destination as someone on 180 and above. About 75 percent of road accidents are caused by over speeding,” he posited.
He further disclosed that the installed speed limits in vehicles were capable of controlling their movement by first initial warning signals, followed by full seizure and automatic stoppage of movement, after which the driver can restart the movement.