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Night Driving: 97 Die In 416 Accidents In Lagos Within 8 Months

…FRSC pleads with motorists against recklessness

KUNLE OLUTAYO

The danger inherent in night driving has come to the fore as the Lagos Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has highlighted how the state recorded 416 accidents and 97 deaths within eight months of this year.

The Lagos Sector Commander, Mr. Olusegun Ogungbemide, made the disclosure during a media conference held in Lagos, stressing that the conference was necessitated by the increasing rate of road traffic crashes, due to drivers’ recklessness and other factors.

Ogungbemide hinted that the 416 crashes were recorded between 6.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m from January to August.

He advised motorists on the need to take caution while planning their journeys at night.

“Our crash reports within the period show that a total of 416 crashes were recorded, in which 705 people were involved.

“Out of the 705 people involved in various crashes within the period under review, 558 were seriously injured and 97 lost their lives.

“The Federal Road Safety under the leadership of Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, will continue demonstrating its commitment to mitigating rate and fatalities of road traffic crashes,” he promised.

Ogungbemide said the Corps had already enunciated the policy of discouraging night travel through public sensitisation programmes.

He pointed out that law enforcement officers could not be everywhere, saying that it was imperative for motorists to have self-regulation in addressing safety and security challenges.

Ogungbemide stated that though the FRSC could not order people to travel at any particular time the record of crashes had raised alarm that more needs to be done in reaching the critical audience and achieving the goals.

He revealed that the FRSC also faces challenges with rescue operations at night, saying that possibility of victims accessing proper medical attention could be lower at such period due to various factors.

The corps commander commended the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other enforcement agencies for their collaboration.

He said that this helped the command in achieving its mandate.

Ogungbemide commended the media for the propagation of road safety messages.

He said that the corps had to align with the United Nations General Assembly’s appeals on the actions against the menace.

Ogungbemide urged institutions, individuals and organisations to join the road safety lead agency in actualising the goal.

Acting Corps Marshal Dauda Biu Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Lagos Sector Commander Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

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