Acting Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corp has charged motorists to adhere to the legal speed limits and stop night travels, to reduce rate of accidents across the country.
In a press release signed by Bisi Kazeem, Assistant Corps Marshal
Corps Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps
Headquarters, Abuja. on the 22 November, 2022, was a reaction by the FRSC Acting Boss over the recent accident that occurred along Kwali-Abaji Express road that killed several persons.
The press statement read:”Pursuant to the fatal crash that occured during the early hours of Tuesday, along the Kwali- Abaji expressway, the Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Ali Biu has again cautioned drivers against violating prescribed speed limit, admonished against night trips as well as urged them to always observe rest period of 30 minutes after every 4 hours drive so as to avoid the dangers of excessive speed and fatigue on the highways “
According to Bisi, Biu made the call for caution while describing the avoidable crash that occured on 22 November, 2022 at 0630HRS, along Kwali -Abaji expressway, before Awawa, within the Federal Capital Territory.
The FRSC Education Officer, “Investigation into the fatal crash revealed that the crash involved 1 DAF Trailer with registration number BAU 632 XA, and a Toyota Bus bearing the following registration details GME 201 ZU.
“Unfortunately, there where a total of 22 occupants involved in the crash, out of which 17 victims all Male were killed. 4 other occupants, also male victims who were rescued alive sustained various degrees of injuries, while the remaining 1 male occupant was rescued without any injury. He stated.
The report stated that “the main cause of the crash are, excessive speed (Speed Limit Violation) and fatigue.
As at the time of this statement, the emergency rescue team of the Corps has concluded the rescue of the injured victims to Abaji General Hospital for immediate medical attention, while the remains of the dead victims were deposited at the mortuary.
Speaking on the causes of the crash, the Acting Corps Marshal maintained that drivers must avoid speeding as crash investigation conducted over the years have attributed major causes of crashes in Nigeria to excessive violation of legal speed limit on all roads. He revealed that the fatigue was as a result of the driver’s indulgence in a night long trip without observing adequate rest within the driving period.
Corp Marshal Biu , said it was this and many other factors that necessitated the directive given by the Federal Government for the Corps to commence sensitisation and subsequently, enforcement on compulsory installation of speed limiting devices on vehicles .
He warned violators to desist from compromising road traffic regulations, and subsequently assured the public that the Corps will step up formidable operational activities that will bring this menace to an end.
Biu admonished the public to always patronize the FRSC toll free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM which are always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.