The Federal Road Safety Corps has said that from January to December this year, it recorded 9,483 crashes with 4,427 deaths.
Acting FRSC Corps Marshall, Dauda Biu, disclosed this in Abuja.
He said this was an eight percent reduction in the last year’s incident which recorded 10,304 crashes and 4,800 deaths.
He said part of the overall strategies of the Corps was the deployment of patrol teams on major corridors and traffic gridlock prone areas to ensure its personnel were seen within every 10 kilometers drive on all sides of the roads.
He listed the areas as including the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road, the Nyanya-Maraba-Keffi-Akwanga Road and the Lugbe-Giri-Gwagwalada-Abaji-Lokoja Road.
He said the fundamental objectives of the special patrol operation which commenced on December 15 and would terminate on January 15, 2023 included easing movement on the highways, enforcing traffic laws as well as reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries.
He said the Corps had deployed 743 patrol vehicles, 184 administrative vehicles, 132 ambulances, 23 tow trucks and 144 motorbikes as part of the patrol logistics.
He added that the Corps would be strict with mass transit drivers who drive in the night and violate traffic rules.
Executive Secretary, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Ogbogo Aloga, described the casualty figure released by the FRSC as outrageous and blamed the rate of road accidents on the bad state of roads.
Aloga urged the federal government to focus on road transportation by “creating special intervention funds for players in the sector to support fleet renewal and maintenance of vehicles.”
He said it was unheard of that there are Banks of Industry, Agriculture and all forms of intervention for other sectors of the economy, but there is nothing in place for the transportation sector. DAILY TRUST