The Federal Road Safety Corps Enugu State Sector Command said that Enugu State has recorded 93 road traffic crashes with 688 people injured and 80 people killed from the month of January to the month of October 2020.
This was disclosed on thursday during the Federal Road Safety Corps 2020 Ember Month flag off campaign at Peace park Enugu, with the theme “Drive Safe, Stay Safe”.
The Sector Commander RS9.1 Enugu, Corps Commander Okpo Ogbonnaya Kalu in his speech complained that with this record of traffic road crashes ” It is expedient for the Corps to brace up, to punctuate this unacceptable trend.
Our efforts to minimize traffic crashes cannot be achieved alone as safety is everybody’s business which must be complemented with obedience to traffic rules and regulations”.
“The optimism in zero fatality in traffic crashes and risk of serious injury in road traffic hangs in the cooperation of the motoring public through, installation of speed limiter, good vehicle maintenance, integrated approach to safe road and mobility, construction of roads with standard specifications, discouragement of importation of sub standard vehicles, tyres and spare parts”.
Furthermore, he noted that Ember month is a period of the year when human activities coupled with some natural occurances lead to heightened human and vehicular movement, therefore, there is need for aggressive public education.
“The Ember months are unique periods of the year when human activities coupled with some natural occurrences lead to heightened human and vehicular movements. It is the peak period rainfall culminating into flooding with its attendant damaging effects on the roads”.
“The periods also witnesses dry season and heavy harmattan weather which impairs visibility and constitutes danger to motorists. The Ember months also witnesses festivities of Christmas and ushering in of the new year, while in some locations it is a period set aside for family reunions, cultural festivals and general revelry.
Therefore he advised that “As the year is winding down let us join hands to make the highways safe because only the living celebrates.
Avoid lane indiscipline, overloading, excessive speeding, wrongful overtaking, driving under alcohol influence, impatience, and obey Covid-19 protocols, ensuring distancing in vehicles.
The Chairman, Enugu State Internal revenue service. Emeka Odoh commended the Federal Road Safety Corps for embarking on Ember month campaign every year.
Safety Manager, Peace transport advised the motorists to make sure their vehicles are in order before using the road. He also warned the Drivers to avoid hard drugs alcohol drinks to avoid road crash.
The events witnessed the presence of other sister security agencies like the Nigeria Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force, Civil Defense Corps, Nigeria Air force, Enugu State Traffic Management Services Royal father, FRSC stakeholders and others.