Thursday, September 8, 2016

FRSC Record 12,077 Road Crashes, 5,400 Deaths In 2015

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, says a total of 12, 077 road crashes were recorded across the country in 2015.

The FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this in Uyo on Wednesday while addressing a public enlightenment forum organised for transport stakeholders at old Akwa Transport Corporation (AKTC) park.

Mr. Oyeyemi was represented at the event by the Assistant Corps Marshal in charge of Policy, Research and Statistics, Michael Olagunju.

He said out of 12,077 road crashes recorded last year, 5,400 people representing 65 per cent of those involved in the crashes lost their lives.

Mr. Oyeyemi said the commission would not go back on the October1 deadline for the implementation of speed limiting device nationwide as approved President Muhammadu Buhari.

The corps marshal regretted that most of the crashes would have been avoided if appropriate safety measures were adopted by the motorists while plying the highways.
He described the statistics on road crashes as staggering and reiterated that the speed limiting device would save Nigerians the embarrassment on the highways.

“Most of the road crashes are preventable, if we are able to bring down the speed, we will be saving a lot of lives on our highways,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.