By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The Federal Road Safety Corps says it is targeting minimal Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) and zero fatality during 2022 “ember months”, as it commences nationwide end-of-the-year campaign.
The Acting Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dauda Biu, said this when he announced the onset of the 2022 “ember months” campaign at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.
Biu said that the Corps had also deployed massive personnel to all strategic roads across the country, as part of the measures to achieve the target.
He said that the announcement had become necessary due to the tendency for some drivers to overload their vehicles.
He said that most drivers had a penchant for indulging in avoidable night trips, violating speed limits, committing lane indiscipline and disregarding other traffic rules and regulations.
The FRSC boss said that these violations often heightened the spate and fatalities of RTCs within the period, thus tasking the capability of the Corps.
According to him, as part of efforts to deal with these challenges, the Corps came up with the idea of Ember Months Special Patrols and Mega Public Enlightenment rallies in Motor Parks.
“This involves massive deployment of personnel and logistics to motor parks for aggressive sensitisation.
“This is so particularly around identified black spots, for the containment of the perennial traffic gridlocks and the accompanying hazards,” he said.
Biu said this year, therefore, presented yet another challenge which the Corps had resolved to tackle head-on with commitment and determination.
He said that the FRSC had put in place comprehensive measures to address the dreadful experience.
“Towards this year’s exercise, we embarked upon elaborate studies along the identified black spots to determine the immediate and remote causes of the gridlocks.
“We mobilised relevant stakeholders to collectively address the challenges and embark on public enlightenment programmes.
“The Corps also came up with the idea of enhancing patrol operations by ensuring massive deployment of personnel and logistics along the major highways.
“This is to minimise road crashes and achieve zero fatalities during the period,” he said.
Biu said that operational and educational activities were currently underway, adding that the Corps was giving them maximum supervision to ensure that the present momentum was sustained throughout the period and beyond.
He called on the motoring public to make the year 2022 “ember months” unique and crash-free by adhering strictly to road traffic regulations.
The theme of this year’s “Ember Months” campaign is “Avoid Speeding, Overloading and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive”.