A total of 1,700 personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways across Ogun and Lagos States.
Specifically, the personnel would be overseeing the Lagos – Ibadan; Sagamu – Ijebu Ode; Sagamu – Mosinmi – Ikorodu; Abeokuta – Sagamu; Abeokuta – Ibadan; Abeokuta – Ifo, Sango – Ota and Idiroko corridors.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Route Commander Florence Okpe Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Sector Command.
According to the statement, this deployment is part of the Ember Months Special Patrol Operations which will commence from Thursday, December 19, 2019, till Monday, January 20, 2020.
The Special Patrol Operations would focus on, excessive speed; dangerous driving; wrongful overtaking; lane indiscipline; use of phones while driving; seat belt violation; overloading violation; tyre violation (expired/ substandard) as well as speed limiting device violation; unlacthed vehicles violation; child restraint violation; passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and use of drugs & intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.
Meanwhile, the FRSC Ogun State Command has also embarked on aggressive motor parks public enlightenment campaigns across the state.
It has also concluded arrangements with the NDLEA to conduct joint drug tests on drivers suspected to have consumed illicit drugs as well as those that have consumed intoxicant alcoholic beverages beyond the legally tolerable level.
In addition, eye examinations would be conducted in partnership with the National Optometric Association (NOA), to ensure only drivers with good eye sights are allowed to drive passengers during the Yuletide.
Ahead of the yuletide season, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has sensitised motorists in Kaduna State on safe driving.
At an awareness campaign held at the Abdulsalami Abubakar park in Minna, the state capital, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said measures the agency would ensure alcoholic products and other hard substances are not sold in the park.
Oyeyemi who was represented by Ali Tanimu stated that driving after drinking alcohol has led to loss of many lives, stressing it accounts for the highest cause of road crashes in Nigeria.
Oyeyemi said, “The rate of road traffic crashes as a result of drinking and driving is very alarming. Accidents that could have been prevented and could have been avoided occurs as a result of drinking and driving.
“Alcohol impairs the vision and senses. By the time somebody drinks and the person is impaired, the endangers the lives of other road users. You discover that if there is a crash that could have been avoided, multiple people go.”
On his part, the FRSC Sector Commander in Niger State, Mr Joel Dagwa, said the aim of the sensitisation is to enlighten road users.
He said, “It is our hope that the activities such as this sensitisation will impact positively by way of changing the attitude of the road users especially the drivers so that they will comply more with traffic rules and regulations.
“They will be more orderly on the way they conduct themselves while on the road and they will also appreciate the fact that they will be prepared before using the road. And once they comply and adhere to this advice we have given to them, it will translate into the reduction in the number of crashes.”
The Sector Command, however, warned that it will not spear the rod of the law against anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol or any substance.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced a temporary traffic diversion around the Ibafo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Ogun State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, disclosed that the diversion would take place in the hours of Sunday, August 26.
Mr Oladele explained that the decision was to enable the construction company building the pedestrian bridge at Ibafo bus stop erect the beams of the bridge.
In a statement signed by the Public Education Officer in the state, Florence Okpe, and posted on Facebook on Wednesday, the FRSC urged travellers to bear with them as a result of the inconveniences of the diversion.
The Corps also asked motorists to cooperate with FRSC officials and other relevance agencies that would be deployed in the area to control the diverted traffic.
“Motorists are accordingly advised to observe lane discipline and enjoined to drive cautiously while obeying traffic rules and regulations around the diversion area and on all other road corridors,” it said.
FRSC asked motorists who notice traffic emergencies to contact the agency through its toll-free number ‘122’.
President Muhammadu Buhari had felicitated with the management and staff of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) as the organisation celebrates 30 years of its establishment.
In a statement by his spokesman Femi Adesina on Saturday, the President commended the vision of its founding fathers in February 1988 in response to the unacceptable level of road crashes in the country.
He noted with delight that after three decades of operations, the Corps reduced road crashes from an alarming 40,881 in 1976 to 5,993 in 2016 and 4,418 in 2017.
President Buhari also commended the significant reduction in the emergency response time of the Corps from 50 to 15 minutes to accident scenes on the nation’s highways.
He lauded the FRSC’s deployment of international best practices and use of technology in its uniform licensing scheme, tracking, vehicle plate numbering and other services.
“The recent United Nation’s commendation of Nigeria’s road safety action plan, affirms the Federal Road Safety Corps’ leading role not only in West Africa but the entire African continent,” the President said.
He further pledged the Federal Government’s continued support to the FRSC to enable the organisation to achieve the goal of United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety of 50 per cent fatality reduction by 2020, thereby placing Nigerian roads among the league of 20 global safest roads by the target year.
President Buhari, who noted that road safety is a shared responsibility, urged the Corps to intensify its public education role.
He also called on government and private organisations, as well as and the entire public to support the FRSC to further make road travels safer and more pleasurable
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, RS 5.1 Command, Samuel Odukoya, has called on motorists to ensure they install speed limiting device on their vehicles, or face a clamp down by the law.
He said this at the Road Safety Mobile Court Mounted, at Oluku in Benin City, the Edo state capital.
He insisted that the commission will not spare any vehicle without the device in the interest of drivers safety and passengers.
He expressed concern on the safety of the motorists and passengers.
“They have to obey the law. The law is the speed limiting device. That is why we now adopted this technology, because they did not obey to the speed given to them by the FRSC.
“Passengers are suffering, they paid to reach their destination in time but they are now keeping them almost two or three hours here to face the mobile court.
“We are not going to be tired, our own advice is that they should obey and get the device fitted into their vehicle.” Odukoya said.
“Nevertheless, unhappy with the modus operandi of the FRSC, the officers are undaunted as they remain committed to ensuring the law takes its course, towards engendering a culture of safety on our roads”. He added.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Bayelsa, says it arrested no fewer than 7,645 traffic offenders in the state between January and November 2016.
The State Sector Commander, Mr Wobin Gora, disclosed that the offenders violated different traffic rules and regulations.
“The offences include worn-out tyre, failure to use seat belt, fake drivers’ license and those without a license. We have been able to conduct series of mobile court sessions within the months and they have been very impressive.
“FRSC is committed to safer road in Bayelsa, for those of you, who drive carelessly and break traffic rules and regulations; you cannot go unpunished.
“Whoever violates traffic offence will definitely be arraigned and punished accordingly,” he said.
Gora also urged the commercial road users to steer clear of speeding and dangerous driving.
He explained that reckless driving is the major cause of fatality on the highways and within the capital city.
“Before going out with your vehicle, make sure that everything is in order as part of support in promoting safer roads across the country,’” he added.
Several road users were held up in between akoda and sekona along Gbongan-Ibadan expressway in Osun State following a lone accident.
The commercial bus travelling from Osogbo to Gbongan was said to have summersaulted, leaving many passengers injured.
It is not clear yet what actually led to the accident.
An eyewitness, Rafiu Kazeem, said none of the passengers died on the spot but feared they all sustained varying degrees of injury and had been rushed to hospital.
“We were walking by when we suddenly heard a screeching noise on the road, before we got there, the bus had summersaulted. Nobody died but some were terribly injured. Luckily for them someone called ambulance that took them to a hospital in Osogbo,” the eyewitness told Channels Television.
Road safety officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were, however, on ground to help restore normalcy to the traffic occasioned by the accident.
Nigeria’s Road safety agency has continued to warn commercial drivers to reduce speed and ensure their vehicles are in order before they embark on any journey, as the festive period draws near.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it is taking steps to arm its roadside personnel for their safety.
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made this known after detailing an increased rate of personnel casualties at the commission.
This was one of the issues that emanated from the year-ending strategy session convened by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Bringing together all state commanders and sector heads of the FRSC, Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi noted that 2016 has seen an unprecedented rate of intentional violence against Road Safety officials.
With the implementation of a reviewed road safety enforcement strategy, the FRSC has recorded an unprecedented 25% reduction in road fatalities and a 15% reduction in road accidents.
In actual terms, there were 4,005 deaths and 7,657 road crashes at the end of the 47th week in 2016. And while progress has been made with greater operational efficiency, unprovoked vehicular criminality has proven much more difficult to check.
He emphasized that with the death of over 70 FRSC personnel in 2016 alone, there has been an increase in personnel casualties at the hands of motorists who drive on the wrong side of the law.
The Corps Marshal emphasized that such violent acts would soon be met with the full force of arms.
He made it clear that the act establishing the commission allows them to bear arms.
While the FRSC intends to protect road users, they believe recent trends necessitate measures that will safeguard the guardian; measures they hope would eliminate unjustifiable acts of violence against their personnel.
Friday has been a day of heavy gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, owing to the ongoing reconstruction work on the road and the closure of some portions of the road.
As a result, the Federal Road Safety Corps is asking motorists and other road users to cooperate with the agency to address their plight on the road and reduce their travel time.
This is according to FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who is in Lagos to monitor the management of the heavy traffic witnessed on the highway.
“Construction work is going on on Lagos-Ibadan express and two days ago we issued a traffic alert in respect of the partial closure of a section of the road from the Shagamu interchange coming towards Lagos.
“The essence of this is that the construction company wants to do the final asphalt overlay of the road and they need to partially close that section which is just five kilometres.
“We are moving towards the dry season, the tempo of work has increased and the construction company has asked for support from both the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the FRSC to enable them do the correct thing so that they can increase the pace of work.
“We want to appeal to the public to bear with this development because when the road is closed there will be some strain.
“Road users need to plan their journeys and with the peak period like this, what we require is understanding from road users. By next year the road will be in a better shape,” he said.