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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Friday, said it has recorded 15 per cent reduction in the rate of road traffic accident in the first quarter of the year nationwide.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made the disclosure during an occasion on the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive (COMACE) First Quarter Strategy Review Session with Zonal and Sector Commanders of the agency in Abuja.
“Compare to 2014, I think we have about 15 per cent reduction overall, including the fatalities. So this gives me joy because it means that we are more visible on the road now,” he said.
He assured that the corps will not relent in its effort on enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, mobile court operation, prompt removal of vehicles on the highways, among others.
Oyeyemi, who said lane violation by trailer and articulated drivers still remains a big challenge to the commission, said the FRSC is committed to addressing the problem of excessive speeding in the country through the introduction of speed limiting device.
“The only challenge we still have is the preponderance of trailer drivers on the fast-lane; lane violation poses a big threat and in some instances resulted in crashes. We are also on course in the effort we are bringing in respect of the speed limiting device with the involvement of the stakeholders,” he added.
The FRSC boss said the agency would intensify effort on prosecution of traffic offenders, improvement on visibility of the officers on the roads, prompt rescue of road crash victims and ensure strict compliance on non-use of phone and use of seat belt while driving.
He restated that beginning from next year, the corps would ensure that all vehicles coming into the country are fitted with speed limiting device, including private cars, so that speed can be controlled as it is being done all over the world.
“We will also commence verification of driver’s licence and number plate in collaboration with other security agencies which is holistic approach to road safety management,” he added.
Oyeyemi, however, called for support from other security agencies in the country, noting that the FRSC cannot achieve the goal alone.
“We need the support of all other security agencies, especially the Police. The Customs has been working with us, NDLEA has been partnering with us and a host of others. We need the Justice Ministry for the prosecution of offenders. So, we need to strengthen the intelligence cooperation,” the corps marshal said.