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Yuletide: Ogun FRSC deploys 1,700 personnel for special patrol



Safety says it has deployed 1700 personnel comprising special and regular marshals for its special patrol during Yuletide period.

The state Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Ota, Ogun on Monday.

Oladele said that the special patrol would hold across the state from Dec.19 to Jan. 20 to stem road crashes.

According to him, the exercise will focus on speeding; dangerous driving; wrongful overtaking; lane indiscipline and use of cell phone while driving.

Oladele listed others as: Seat belt violation; overloading violation; Tyre violation (expired/ substandard).

He said they include speed limiting violation; unlatched vehicles violation; child restraint violation; passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and use of drugs and intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.

The sector commander said the presence of its personnel would be felt on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; Sagamu-Benin Road; Lagos-Abeokuta Road; Abeokuta-Ijebu-Ode and Sango-Ota-Idiroko International Corridor to ensure free flow of traffic for travellers.

Oladele also said that the traffic rest areas had been established at Mowe; Sagamu; Ogere; Ogunmakin; Ijebu-Ode; Itori; Ota and Abeokuta, where tired travellers could briefly rest before continuing their journeys.

The FRSC will implement a robust patrol exercise by deploying 32 patrol vehicles; five patrol motor bikes; a life support ambulance and a heavy duty tow truck to ensure safety of lives and property.

We are also embarking on 24 hours patrol surveillance and night rescue teams on all corridors in Ogun and its environs to check excesses of motorists and prevent avoidable crashes during yuletide,” he said.

The FRSC boss advised motorists travelling during this period to be extra careful and ensure their journey were properly planned, with their vehicles routinely serviced.

He also advised them to pay special attention to the construction areas where overtaking was prohibited and maximum speed was pegged at 50 kilometres per hour, especially at the construction zones where traffic was diverted.

Oladele also cautioned the motorists against wrongful overtaking and driving against traffic, saying that anyone caught flouting traffic rules and regulations would be several penalised.

Edited by: Olagoke Olatoye

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