96 Lives lost In Road Accidents In Two Months In Kwara State.

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96 Died In Road Crashes In Kwara In 2 MonthsSikirat Shehu                               

 

 

The Kwara State sector command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said 96 lives have been lost within the last two months in the state owing to roads accidents.

It attributed the incidents to impatient and bad orientation among motorists accounted for major causes of road crashes in the country.

The sector commander, Jonathan Owoade, stated this while speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Monday on the sideline of events commemorating road traffic crash victims’ day. He equally identified wrong attitude and overtaking, night driving, use of phones while driving and overspeeding as causes of major accidents on Kwara roads.

He informed that an average of 72 road crashes were recorded in the last two months of September and October with loss of about 96 lives on major roads in the state.

The FRSC boss, pointed out that Nigerians comply and obey traffic rules and regulations outside the country, lamenting that they disobey traffic laws that discourage carnage and encourage road safety on Nigerian roads.

“Crashes do not happen on their own. They’re caused by our wrong attitude and wrong perception among drivers most of the time. People should give right of way, even when another driver has taken wrong way. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Most people who claim right are in grave yards.

 

“However, the enforcement of right attitude is made difficult by some offenders who say I have a super brother. I’m connected. That attitude informed wrong attitude to traffic rules among some drivers in the country.

” If people are made to face wrath of the law, the incidents would be reduced. Like when you arrest some offenders, you will then be receiving calls from high places and prominent personalities seeking assistance. That’s not encouraging.

“We encourage people to reduce speed to 30 kilometer per hour in build up areas and in the town to avoid knock down and ensure proper traffic management. We have had occasions where people knock down school children, cyclists, etc. It’s easier and safer to manoeuvre vehicles to a stop when at low speed.

“We should plan our journey ahead of time and not be in a hurry, because one may not expect what could confront one on the journey. Those who are in hurry either land in hospital and become vegetables thereafter or no more. We should take life easy. Easy does it,” he said.

The sector commander also advised commercial vehicle drivers to ensure lane discipline by being on service lane and not spreading themselves across the roadway, saying that the habit usually caused road accidents as oncoming vehicles may not be able to apply brake to avoid collision.

While admonishing public motorists to discourage driving against one-way, he called on the state government to block opening in front of the NNPC filling station along Asa Dam road, Ilorin, where he said drivers are in the habit of driving against one-way.

Owoade, disclosed that the weeklong celebration would be marked by presentation of gifts to victims of crashes, interdenominational church and mosque prayer service, among others.

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