The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command, recorded 142 road crashes and 70 deaths in the third quarter of 2020.
Mrs Uche Chukwurah, FRSC Sector Commander in Oyo State, disclosed this at a news conference in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Chukwurah said that the FRSC in Oyo State recorded more road crashes between July and September, than the 112 crashes it recorded in the second quarter of the year.
She said that more accidents were recorded in the third quarter because it was a rainy season, while most people were in a hurry because the restrictions placed on the people’s movements due to the COVID-19 pandemic was then lifted.
“We recorded 142 road traffic crashes. The number of vehicles involved is 230. The number of people killed is 70; those injured are 389 and we are able to rescue 364 persons alive.
“The total number of people involved in the accidents is 823.
“Speed accounted for most of the road crashes during the period; followed by wrongful overtaking and tyre bursts,” she said.
The sector commander appealed to motorists to desist from buying used tyres, saying that more lives could be saved if they resorted to using brand new tyres.
“I want to say that it is more economical to use new tyres than the fairly used ones. We can also arrive at our destinations without being in a hurry,” she said.
Chukwurah also spoke on the activities lined up for the 2020 African Road Safety Day and World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
She said that there would be a Jumat Service on Nov. 13 and a Church Service on Nov. 15; to pray for the victims of road crashes, the injured people and the families that lost their loved ones.
She said that the command would visit the hospitals to identify with those who sustained various degrees of injury and undertake a candlelight walk on Nov. 14.
“The day is celebrated to draw the attention of road users to the need to use the road rightly to avoid being involved in road crashes.
“Crashes and accidents are preventable if we do the right thing. Many families have lost their lives and valuables, while the government also lost economically.
“If we work together, we will be able to prevent incessant crashes on the roads,” she said.
Chukwurah prayed to God to console the families of those who lost their loved ones as a result of road traffic crashes.