The Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Ekiti state command on Thursday, warned motorist and commuters to avoid reckless driving on the major roads.
The State Sector Commander, Mr Ismalia Kugu, gave the warning during a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, to mark this year’s World Road Safety Day.
According to him, most of the motorists especially transporters, are fond of risking their lives with over speeding on highways which ought not be so.
Kugu however maintained that apart from motorists, the commuters equally contribute to the accident rates because “most of them fail to obey the rules and regulations of the road”.
“Currently we are in the ember months, and this is a period when motorist and commuters need to take maximum caution while plying the roads.
“We have been sensitizing the drivers’ unions, Okada (motorcycle) unions and other road users, that over loading and over speeding is bad.
“As a road safety officer, we always educate them that while they are on the road, they should use their seat belts and believe that all other road users are insane.
“This is to ensure that they are extra ordinarily careful while driving.
With the 2016 edition themed ‘Vital post-crash action, Medical investigation and Justice’, the FRSC boss said:
“This year’s World Road Safety Day, is an annual programme to commemorate the victims who lost their lives in auto crashes in Nigeria.
“I believe we may all have lost loved ones through car accidents, the theme of the programme is therefore charging us to work together to curb auto crashes and reduce loss of lives on our roads in Ekiti as well as in Nigeria,” he said.
The FRSC commander, further stated that a week programme had been outlined to further sensitize drivers, motorist and commuters to prevent auto crashes as the year runs to an end.
He then warned that any road user caught overspending, over loading and violating road traffic rules would be fined.