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FRSC expresses concern over indiscriminate parking, non-use of pedestrian bridges

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FRSC expresses concern over indiscriminate parking, non-use of pedestrian bridges

By Ibironke Ariyo The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Lugbe Unit Command has identified indiscriminate parking of vehicles and non-use of pedestrian bridges by the population as major challenges compromising road safety.

The unit’s commander, Mr. Ohaeri Osondu, said this during the inauguration of the 2021 Ember Months campaign in Abuja on Tuesday.

The theme of this year’s Ember Months campaign is: “Maintain a Safe Speed: Avoid Night Travel and Enjoy a Quality Road Experience”.

Osondu noted that the campaign was part of the FRSC’s sustained efforts to step up efforts to reduce the wave of road accidents commonly seen during the embers season.

He said the smoldering months came with traffic peculiarities that often resulted in an increase in traffic accidents.

This, he said, had consequences for the socio-economic growth of the country, as human and material resources were lost due to preventable accidents.

He said the theme was deliberately designed to draw the attention of all road users, especially motorists, to the need to adhere to recommended speed limits for vehicles.

According to him, the Lugbe airport road is an important corridor that carries senior officials, diplomats, foreigners and other members of the automotive public.

“Reckless parking of vehicles and non-use of pedestrians remains our main concern, as people are regularly run over by vehicles traveling at high speed on the Lugbe motorway.

“Drivers don’t park well and they end up creating serious traffic problems for us.

“Another problem is where pedestrians do not use the bridge. People are dying on a daily basis. It’s worrying.

“In one month, we are collecting corpses and nearly seven have been collected. It’s a big challenge to use because people don’t use the pedestrian bridge.

“We are deeply concerned about this ugly trend and we will not rely on our oars to restore sanity to the Lugbe road,” he said.

Osondu urged all categories of road users to obey traffic rules and regulations in order to complement the concerted efforts of the FRSC to reduce the number of road accidents by the end of the year.

He said the corps was working with other sister agencies to keep people, lives and property safe.

He implored many actors in the transport sector to consider road safety as everyone’s business, saying “with your support we can reduce road accidents”.

The chief of operations of the zone command, Mr. Frank Agbakoba, called on the public to imbibe a good road culture to avoid road accidents in the territory.

Agbakoba also urged parents to educate young people by catching them young, adding that the future of road safety is assured.

reports that representatives of other sister agencies, high school students and other relevant stakeholders were present at the inauguration.

Source: NAN

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