Thursday, 21 July 2016

FRSC Accuses Politicians, Business Moguls, other personalities as major cause of auto crash in Anambra


—Says 5,902 crashes occurred on Anambra road

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), on Wednesday, accused government officials, politicians, business moguls and other highly placed individuals as the major causes of road accidents in Anambra, among other parts of the country.
Addressing stakeholders at Awka, the capital of Anambra State during the 2016 Road Safety Week entitled Safer Roads, Fuller Lives the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, RS5HQ Benin AGM Shehu Zaki regretted that stakeholders often violate road traffic laws in an attempt to beat out time.
Zaki, who described the situation as worrisome, noted that available data recorded between 2014 to 2016 shows that 5902 crashes occurred on Anambra road; 191 was fatal, 382 died, even as 1,187 were injured.
Represented by his Deputy, Emmanuel, the FRSC Zonal boss added that “Our highways have become battlefields where anyone who ventured into them becomes unlucky. They have become asphalt stretches of sacrificial alters serving the insatiable demand of blood tasting gods and humans where road users are recklessly maimed, deformed and killed in numbers daily. It is indeed a leading cause of deaths.
“Available data today indicates that more people in Anambra State and Nigeria die through road traffic crashes than through dreaded diseases put together. There is virtually no family in Anambra State that has not being affected by the scourge. The physical components of Road Transport System are Man, Vehicle and Environment. And these are the three casualties factors of road traffic crashes, thereby affecting the society socially and economically.”
Lamenting that neither a male or female Nigerian had not being involved on road fatality either directly or indirectly, Zaki called on the motoring public to support the effort of Anambra State Government and other relevant traffic agencies on the war against negative driving culture so as to reverse the alarming trend of auto crashes.
On his part, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Road, Rail & Water Transportation, Rt. Hon. Princess Chinwe Nwebili commended the FRSC Anambra State Command on its incessant public enlightenment campaign on the need to abide by the road traffic laws.
The governor further maintained that his government would continue to partner with FRSC through consistent implementation of far-reaching measures to ensure safer and secure roads for motorists and other users, construction of road infrastructure in line with global standards and installation of traffic signs, street lights, road markings, rumble strips, and so on.
Earlier speaking, the Anambra State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Sunday Ajayi called for collaborative effort with the public to rid the State of roads crashes, because according to him, neither the government nor FRSC can reduce it without the passengers, drivers and pedestrians. reports that the FRSC further used the medium to sensitized road users to appropriately utilised pedestrians bridges and zebra crossing, frequent maintenance of their vehicles, avoid use of substandard or expired or tokumbo tryes, significance of traffic lights and lighting system, effect of over-speeding and over loading, stoppage of one-way-driving, change and adjustment on driving culture, and strict adherence to road traffic rules and regulations.



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