To stem the spate of road crashes especially during the yuletide, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun advises motorists against overtaking wrongly and using fairly used tyres, commonly known as “Tokunbo’’ tyres.
The Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, gave the warning on Thursday during the inauguration of the Idiroko Command Ember Months Activities at the Owode Motor Park, Ota, Ogun.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2020 Ember Months Campaign had its theme as :“Drive Safe, Stay Safe’’.
Umar noted that wrongful overtaking and the use of Tokunbo tyres had contributed to so many crashes in the state.
“The FRSC implores motorists to be psychologically stable and desist from driving under the influence of alcohol to avoid mishaps during the ember months.
“Don’t drink and drive, don’t drive and drink to prevent unnecessary loss of life,’’ he said.
The sector commander said that FRSC personnel would be deployed across the state during the yuletide to test motorists suspected to be under the influence of intoxicating substances.
Umar also cautioned motorists and other road users against route violation and over loading, as vehicular density would increase due to rise in human activities during the period.
He, however, urged them to properly maintain their vehicles.
According to him, it is only when vehicles are in good condition that they will get to their destination safety.
Earlier, Mr Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, Idiroko Unit Commander of FRSC, urged motorists to be safety conscious and adhere strictly to simple road safety standards to save lives and property during the season.
Olaluwoye noted that most of the crashes that had claimed many lives could be attributed to negligence and total disregard to road safety standards.
“It is pertinent to say that ember months, tagged by many people as evil months due to multiple occurrence of road traffic crashes, are not evil but due to attitude of some motorists,” he said.
The unit commander remphasised the corps’ commitment to intensify public enlightenment campaign to eradicate road traffic crashes to the barest level.
He also said that FRSC personnel would be deployed during , before and after the ember months to accident and traffic prone areas to regulate and monitor traffic jams to ensure sanity on the roads.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu