Over speeding kills! This fact was re-emphasised by the Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Shehu Zaki, in charge of Ogun and Lagos states at Ember month’s sensitisation and safety awareness programme organised for commercial drivers at Owena Motor Park in Ojota, Lagos.
According to him, the National Bureau of Statistics reports recognise speed violation as a major cause of road traffic crashes accounting for 42.69 per cent of the total crashes reported in the first quarter of 2017.
“Loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they accounted for 12.7 and 7.3 per cent respectively.
“Statistics show that an estimated vehicle population of 12.5 million plies Nigerian roads and 53.8 per cent of the vehicles are commercial.
Zaki said.“Ember month is a period when commercial drivers are in desperate haste to double profit while the private ones hurry to meet up with engagements as a result of festivities.”
He said that the resultant effect was increased vehicular density on the roads, speeding and overloading causing stress to drivers and vehicles which often lead to crashes and gridlocks.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, had earlier advised motorists to drive safely and not to blame accidents on blood sucking demons attached to ember months.
Oyeyemi gave the advice during a lecture themed: “Ember Months; Road Traffic Crash Myth Debunked” in Lagos.
The Corps Marshal said that people were too religious during the ember months by attaching all sorts of spirituality to the months rather than advising the drivers to be cautious and drive carefully.