The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says the corps will deploy 1, 808 personnel to monitor vehicular movements and arrest road traffic law violators during the yuletide on Lagos and Ogun roads.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, RS2.2, Lagos, Mr Sheu Zaki disclosed this during the flag-off of 2016 ember months’ campaign in Ogun, held at Ita Oshin park in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Zaki said that the command would also deploy 61 patrol vehicles, 12 patrol motor bikes, six ambulances and two trucks to major stations in order to ease traffic and also attend to emergencies.
He explained that Lagos and Ogun accounted for over 40% of the vehicles in the country, adding that prompt response to crashes and road obstructions was necessary on this axis.
“I have directed the mobilization of 1,808 FRSC personnel, 61 patrol vehicles, 12 patrol motor bikes, six ambulances and two trucks on these zones to ease traffic and also attend to emergencies during the Yuletide.
“Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which usually accounts for about 6,000 vehicles daily accommodates a daily traffic of about 10,000 vehicles during the yuletide period.
“I shall be leading other senior officers to monitor traffic flow daily and we shall also engage private towing vehicle operators to compliment the service of FRSC tow truck along the corridor.
“Overloading, speeding, dangerous driving and other malpractices will constitute part of the focus this special patrol operations,” he said.
The Zonal Commanding Officer also said that special patrols would hold in the zone from December 18 to January 18.
He advised motorists to use alternative routes to minimize traffic congestion on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, saying that there would be a lot of religious activities during the yuletide.
In his own contribution, the Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Clement Oladele said that the command was working closely with Ogun government, Federal Ministry of Works and other agencies to ensure that all highways are free.
He said that the advisory enforcement of speed limiters still continues, saying that all commercial motorists should ensure they install the devise before the February 1 full enforcement.