By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it recorded a total of 19,787 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) and 9,227 deaths in 2021 and 2022.
The Acting Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dauda Biu, said this during a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
Biu said that a comparative analysis of RTCs between 2021 and 2022 revealed that from January to December 2021, 10,304 crashes were recorded nationwide.
He said that 9,483 RTCs were recorded in same period in 2022, adding that there was eight per cent decrease in the road crashes.
“Out of the recorded crashes, the corps successfully brought down the rate of fatalities, as we also recorded eight per cent in the number of people that were killed.
“For instance, our records show that between January and December 2021, a total of 4,800 people were killed, while on the other hand, a total of 4,427 people were killed in 2022,” he said.
The FRSC boss said that during ongoing patrols nationwide, there would be traffic counts to enable the corps have a proper understanding of the inflow and outflow of traffic within specific routes and times during the Yuletide.
“These would also facilitate better planning for similar operations in the future,” he said.
Recall that 36,224 FRSC personnel and 1,226 patrol logistics have been deployed to ease vehicular movement during the Yuletide across the country.
Biu said that the deployment of patrol teams on major corridors and traffic gridlock prone areas was part of the Corps’ overall strategies for the year end.
He said that the policy was to ensure that FRSC personnel were seen within every 10 kilometres drive, on both sides, in those areas for enhanced visibility.
“These areas include but not limited to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano route, Nyanya-Maraba-Jeffi-Akwanga route, as well as Lugbe-Giri-Gwagwalada-Abaji-Lokoja route.
“The Corps is convinced that we can achieve even greater result by further bringing down the curve of crashes on our roads.
“This is possible and, indeed, realisable because the corps has confidence in the disposition, crop and quality of its personnel.
“These include the logistics that have been deployed to ensure the safety of travellers during the end of the year Yuletide season,” he said.