The Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC), said about 4, 327 persons were killed by road accidents in the year 2011, while about 4,065 died in 2010 from road accidents reported in various parts of the country.
Also, in 2011 about 17,464 persons sustained various degrees of injuries through road accidents, while in 2010 about 18,095 persons were injured in various parts of the country through road crashes.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the management of LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPERS in its corporate headquarters Abuja, the Corps Commander, Corps Public Education Officer, Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC), Jonas Agwu, noted that bad habit coupled with non-challant attitude of motorists were responsible for the accidents.
“In 2010, we have reported crashes of 5,330 as against 4,765 in 2011. In 2010, it was 4,065 and in 2011 it was 4, 327. In the same vein, if you are looking at those who were injured in 2010, it was 18,095 and in 2011 it was 17,464. He balanced the high number of the crashes on attitude and insisted that with massive public enlightenment, the situation would improve.
“Most people would say if we fix the roads the crashes would be less, or if we get the vehicles down the crashes would reduce. But I insist that until we change attitude. What accounts for the crashes is bad habit”, he said.
Agwu also explained that what accounts for most accidents globally is human factors, adding that what is fundamental in reducing the menace is a change in the attitude of motorists.
“If you analyse crashes globally, what account for about 80 percent of crashes is what we call the human factor. It is the driver or the man behind the wheels, who makes the choice. It is the same man that would drive without wearing his seat belts, or carry a baby, either on the front seat or on the lap, while on the wheel”