By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu, Awka.
The Anambra State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps on Saturday began the annual “Ember Months” campaign with an awareness and fitness walk.
The walk held in Awka was attended by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Man O’ War, Sports Commission, Footballers’ Association, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and other FRSC allies.
The walk has “Walking for Safe, Healthy and Liveable Anambra” as its theme.
The FRSC State Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, said that the essence of the “ember months” campaign was to educate motorists on how to drive safely
Irelewuyi said: “There is nothing negative about the ‘ember months’ except that we usually witness high level of vehicle movement.
“Also, attitudinal behaviours of drivers during the period cause road crashes and not any evil associated with the months.
“Ceremonies such as wedding, traditional events and burial, among others, are fixed for the period and those from abroad come home to felicitate with their loved ones, which sometimes increase the vehicular movement.
“So, this walk is to prepare our personnel, physically and mentally, for the task of managing road traffic during the period.”
The sector commander urged motorists to cooperate with FRSC officials by avoiding vehicle overloading and using worn-out tyres, while exhibiting a change in attitudinal behaviours regarding the use of roads to reduce crashes.
He also advised motorists to pay attention to their health, particularly their eyes and mental health, while exercising patience on the road.