The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that about 27 per cent of the overall road accidents on Nigerian roads occur on February 14 during Valentine Day (today) especially in the city centres.
The FRSC stated this in a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja.
It also disclosed that road crashes during valentine celebrations between 2008 and 2011 accounted for about 27 per cent.
The statement reads in part, “We are projecting a corresponding increase of 1,300 injured persons from this year’s valentine celebration-related road crashes, in comparison with 1,024 and 661 injured persons recorded in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
“While the total cases of road crashes are projected to trend up to 500 this year in view of last year’s figure of 316 reported cases”.
The FRSC added that a comprehensive analysis of road crashes from February 12 to 18 in the last four years (2008-2011), showed that 86 deaths and 551 injured persons in 268 reported cases of road crashes were recorded in 2008 while 99 deaths and 428 injured persons in 187 road crashes were recorded in 2009.
But the FRSC has reiterated its appeal to fun seekers to ensure strict compliance with traffic rules.