FRSC records 37.7 % drop in road accidents

The Federal Road Safety Corps on Monday said the number of road accidents recorded in Kaduna State dropped to 392 in the first half of this year.

The figure was against the 620 accidents recorded in the corresponding period in 2016, a drop of 37.7 per cent.

The Sector Commander, Malam Umar Ibrahim, gave the statistics in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

Ibrahim said that the 620 accidents recorded in the first half of 2016 involved 856 vehicles, but the figures dropped to 392 accidents involving 555 vehicles in the same period in 2017.

“The number of people involved in the accidents equally reduced from 4,767 to 2,699 with the corresponding decrease in the number of injured from 2,546 to 1,700,” he said.

The sector commander did not give the number of deaths recorded in the accidents but attributed the successes to the improved attitude of motorists towards their safety.

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He said that compliance by commercial vehicle owners to the directive to install speed limit device had greatly improved in recent times.

Ibrahim commended motorists and urged them to continue to cooperate with security agencies on the highways to ensure accident-free roads.

“I am equally calling on private vehicle owners to install the device of self-regulation to control speed and save lives.

“Political office holders can help in that regard, this is because if members of the national and state house of assemblies installed the device, others will follow.

“I want to also say that not all accidents are the will of God as many people erroneously believed.

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“If you guard yourself against accident, God will help you, but you cannot be careless on the road and expect to be invincible.

“Let us all join hands to keep our roads safe for all road users at all times,’’ he said.

Ibrahim said that the command has concluded the “audit” of the entire township roads in the state to know roads that require roads signs and those that are bad and need repairs.

He said that recommendation would soon be submitted to the appropriate authorities for immediate action.

“Plans have also been concluded to comb the highway to take care of road side grasses obstructing drivers’ view and replace broken signs where necessary,’’ Ibrahim said.

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