The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has launched the Ember Months road safety campaign, with a call on motorists to desist from excessive speeding and using the handset while driving to avoid accidents.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Katsina State, Mr Ali Sule-Tanimu, made the call on Saturday in Katsina during the launch of the 2020 edition of the campaign.
The campaign has “Drive Safe and Stay Safe” as its theme.
Sule-Tanimu called on all stakeholders to propagate the goals the campaign, which were particularly aimed at reducing accidents on highways.
“It is imperative for us to understand that a journey is not complete except when we have arrived at our final destination.
“For us to achieve this, drivers and commuters must aggregate their efforts and ensure safety on our roads now and after the ember months.
“We should not be carried away by the festive season to begin to celebrate while on the road.
“It is of paramount importance for all to obey the traffic rules and regulations to reduce road accidents that lead to loss of lives,” he said.
In his remarks, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone RS1, Kaduna, Assistant Corps Marshal Aliyu Datsama, commended the Katsina State Government for the support it had been giving to the corps.
Datsama said that the increase in road crashes was a result of increased human activities, including human errors and carelessness of road users.
He called on motorists to desist from improper parking on the highways, especially at night, because it could cause accidents.
Datsama also urged road users to avoid night journeys, in view of the current situation.
He commended other stakeholders like the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Tricycles and Motorcycle Riders Association for their continuous support in enlightening their members on traffic rules and regulations.