Thursday, 15 September 2016

Salah Holiday Claims over 12 persons in 7 Road Crashes—FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Thursday said two persons lost their lives in seven road crashes during the Salah holiday in Lagos. Mr Hyginus Omeje, FRSC’s Lagos Sector Commander, told newsmen that the crashes were caused by excessive speed, alcohol violation, and dangerous driving.

According to him, the crashes involved 49 persons, with two fatalities and two were serious, while four were minor. NAN reports that the FRSC in Lagos had embarked on a Salah Special Patrol from Sept. 8 to Sept. 13.

Omeje said: “One of the accidents occurred at Agege, involving four persons in which one person was killed and two were injured as a result of alcohol violation. It involved a yellow-painted commercial bus with license number plate EPE-986-XL.

“Another happened on Saturday on the Ibeku-Lekki long bridge involving three persons; two people were injured while one live was lost. It involved two trucks and one private vehicle.’’

He also said the command recorded a lone accident involving two persons, in which one died and the other injured. The sector commander added that 593 motorists were apprehended for 660 traffic offences.

“One hundred and forty-eight vehicles were impounded while 17 motorists were convicted by the mobile court,’’ he said. On his part, Mr Chris Olakpe, the Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, told pressmen that the agency did not record any obstruction in the Lagos Metropolis during the celebration.

Meanwhile, the Oyo state sector command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said that six persons lost their lives from road crashes during the eld-el-kabir celebration in the state.

The sector commander, Mr Yusuf Salami, made the disclosure on Thursday in Ibadan in an interview with newsmen.

He said that 24 persons were injured in seven crashes that occurred during the celebration. Salami attributed the cause of the crashes to excessive speed. He said that 148 traffic offenders were arrested.

“The state recorded low traffic gridlock during the celebration compared to previous years; this was as a result of sensitisation of motorists undertaken by the corps. “We are going to build on this achievement and we expect the situation to be better especially during this ember months,’’ he said. The sector commander advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations to prevent avoidable crashes.



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