The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Nasarawa State command, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, has said Nasarawa state recorded 278 Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) from January to June 2016.
He made the disclosure at FRSC Stakeholders meeting/sensitization on speed limit device and Sallah held in Lafia on Wednesday.
According to Oyeyemi, who was represented by Mr Julius Asom, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM), said Nasarawa state came third with 278 cases with regards to RTC in states across the country, adding that what was more worrisome was that within the same period, Nasarawa state came fourth with regards to RTC injuries and recorded 758 injuries.
“The record is between January and June. Nasarawa state also came eight with regards to people that died due to Road Traffic Crashes within this same period. 101 persons were recorded to have died,” He added.
Oyeyemi revealed further that more than 50 percent of RTC across the country were caused by over speeding and many of the vehicles affected were commercial vehicles with innocent lives at risk.
He said the recent statistics followed by previous worrisome statistics from the state and other states of the country prompted the FRSC to introduce the speed limiting device to motorists in a bid to reduce RTC across the country.
Oyeyemi explained that the sensitization was to appeal to motorists to purchase the Speed Limiting Device before the 1st of October when enforcement of the device will be fully in place.
“The process of speed limiting device started since 2012 after a series of consultations and i am glad to inform you that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 1st of October for its enforcement.
“We want to assure you all that FRSC has accredited about 37 vendors and they have already registered about 2000 vehicles. Infact transport organizations like ABC Transport have been using it. Peace Mass Transit has also installed in i their vehicles,” He said.
The Corps Marshall also revealed that from October 1, enforcement of the device on vehicles will start with vehicles who are for commercial purposes due to the high number of passengers they carry then enforcing it on private vehicle owners.