The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has identified frequent sensitisation of motorists and road users as a ready tool to reduce the rate of accidents on the Nigerian roads.
The FRSC Head of Public Enlightenment, Zaria Unit Command, Malam Idris Yahaya stated this at a sensitisation campaign organized by the Command at Dadi Motor Park, Fly Over Kwangila, Zaria, Kaduna State.
He said, accidents are caused either by the driver or the passenger, and motorists and passengers’ attitudes towards traffic rules and regulations are significant to safe arrival.
While advising motorists to avoid drugs, alcohol or any prohibited drug before driving or while on wheels.
Idris identified offenses by the commission to include reckless driving, use of cell phones while driving, overloading, over speeding and non installation of speed limit devices on vehicles.
“The essence of speed limiting device is just to regulate the speed of your vehicle. If your vehicle’s total speed is 140km/h or 180km/p, you are expected to not go beyond 100km/h. There are some vehicles that are expected to move just 80km/h.
“We are working hard to reduce the rate of accident in Nigeria to 25 per cent and to reduce severity of injury to 15 per cent,” he added.
According to him, they can’t achieve success in all these without full support and cooperation, hence the need for the road users to comply and cooperate with them and urged them to pass the information to others not present at the programme.
On his part, the Chairman, NURTW Flyover, Malam Lawal Dan-Small urged the commission to provide a direct phone number in the event of emergency.
He said that the initial numbers given by the commission take time before connecting.
He solicited for collaboration between the union, FRSC and road marshal in filling the potholes around flyover to reduce traffic gridlocks.
Dan-Small also complained of delay in obtaining driver’s license even after fulfilling all the mandatory processes.
Also in his remarks, Malam Abubakar Adam, Chairman, RTEN noted that the problem of overloading has since been addressed for drivers loading inside the park, arguing that overloading was only found with those loading by the roadside.
In his contributions, the NATO Vice Chairman, Malam Umar Aliyu called on the FRSC to advise the Federal Government to speed up efforts towards completion of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway.
According to him, most of the time, when one lane of the expressway is blocked, a lot of accidents occur and when blocking the road, let them reduce the length, because sometimes it takes many kilometers of single lane which often causes accidents due to impatience of drivers.
The sensitisation campaign attracted drivers, officials of the three unions, passengers among other interested individuals at the motor park.