*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
FRSC has educated motorists over avoidable crashes in Ibadan.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) has cautioned motorists to always exercise patience whenever they are on the road to prevent avoidable crashes.
The FRSC Egbeda Unit Command Ibadan, Commander ACC Akeem Kareem made the appeal on Thursday during the 2021 flag-off of the Ember Months Campaign of the command.
The event which held at the Unit Command Headquarters in Egbeda Ibadan was witnessed by some major stakeholders such as Balogun Mayegun of Egbeda, Dr Awotunde Clement, Chairman of Tipperr Association, Egbeda, Mr Olawale Olaniyi, Babaloja Toll gate , Mr Kayode Adisa among others.
ACC Akeem Kareem however in his remarks called on motorists to always exercise caution during the ember months in order to prevent avoidable crashes.
He said, “most of the crashes on Nigeria roads are caused by human factors and are avoidable if adequate care, caution and preventions are taking to curtail such occurrence.
He stressed that most drivers on Nigeria roads hardly drive without consuming hard drugs and other substances which are counterproductive and lead to avoidable crashes.
“Driving need 100 per cent concentration, lack of full concentration, driving under the influence of alcohol, impatience, inadequate vehicle maintainance, fatigue and speeding are notable causes of road crashes.
“We don’t need to rush or follow one way just because you want to get to your destination on time, you must rest when you are tired, because lack of rest will cease your blood circulation and can lead to accident,” Kareem explained.
He said that the ember months of September to December are free and safe just like every other months of the year and has no evil spirit except it was yuletide season and characterized by heavy human and vehicular movement.
Kareem said that road safety was the responsibility of all and called on all and sundry to key into road safety projects in order to guarantee safety.
Also in his words at the event, the FRSC Deputy Corps Commander (Operations), Oyo State Command, Olalekan Morakinyo,called on motorists to drive to stay alive as the year runs to an end.
Morakinyo urged motorists to obey all traffic rules and regulations, avoid night travels and give consideration to other road users while on the road.
Speaking on the bad roads in the state, Morakinyo said that the attention of the Oyo State government had been called to it and work would soon start on the affected roads.
He called on motorists to cooperate with the corps while road diversion was taking place during the road maintenance and construction.
The Chairman of Egbeda Local Government Area, Mr Sikiru Sanda, called on motorists especially the motorcyclists riders,to be guided by traffic code, especially motorcyclists.
Sanda said that 70 per cent of accident victims in the hospital are caused by motorcyclists.