The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara Command, on Tuesday blamed most accidents during the “ember months” on the carelessness of drivers and not on the influence of demonic spirits.
The State Sector Commander, Mr Jonathan Owoade, made the observation at the launch of 2020 Ember Months Safety Campaign at Maraba Park, Ilorin.
Owoade said that the “ember months” were the period of festivities, adding that many people erroneously believed that evil forces on the roads were responsible for auto crashes and fatalities.
“But the struggle on the part of people to travel to meet their loved ones and the urge by commercial drivers to make more profit in preparation for the Yuletide, without adequate rest, are mainly responsible for the road mishaps.
“As the year is coming to the end, we have to remind ourselves of the dangers of vehicles’ over-loading, excessive speeding, drinking alcohol while driving and fatigue, among others.
“The ember months are here; we should drive safely to avoid crashes and we are praying that by end of the year, we will record zero crashes in Kwara State,” he said.
Owoade said that he had warned his officers not to chase any driver who engaged in over-loading or excessive speeding, adding that they would rather record the registration number of his vehicle to avoid accident.
He also said that any driver caught in the act would be dealt with, after tracing him with his or her vehicle number plate.
Owoade urged road users to report any FRSC official seen chasing vehicles on the road.
Responding, Alhaji Mahmud Are, the Vice-Chairman of the Kwara chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), commended the FRSC for reminding them of the dangers on the roads.
Are assured the FRSC that members of his union would respect the road signs and avoid any act that was capable of causing accidents on the road.
He, however, urged the government to rehabilitate the Ogbomosho-Oyo road and Bida-Minna road to reduce number of accidents on those roads.