The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday said it has deployed 21,000 Regular Marshals and 14,000 Special Marshals to the nation’s roads to reduce the number of carnages, especially during the forthcoming Eid-El-Kabir festival.
Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi who revealed this to journalists also directed the Corps’ Operatives (Regular and Special Marshals) to effectively cover 45 Corridors during the Eid-El Kabir special Patrol which is expected to commence from 17 to 26 August, 2018.
The Corps also identified possible alternative routes to ease traffic flow around the major highways.
Apart from identifying alternative routes he said operatives of the Corps have been directed to deploy all professional expertise to ensure that there is free flow of traffic, prompt clearing of obstructions and effective enforcement of traffic laws.
He advised the Corps to focus on effective traffic control, wrongful overtaking, use of phone while driving, Drivers licence violation, lane discipline, removal of rickety vehicles on the road, driving with expired/ worn out tyre and without spare tyre.
Also deployed are operational equipment which include 948 vehicles in the category of 656 patrol vehicles, 113 Ambulances, 156 Admin Vehicles, 23 Tow Trucks and also 204 Bikes for metropolitan bike patrol.
Other equipment deployed are; Radar Guns, Breathalyzers to put a check on drunk driving, operational logistics materials are also to be fully deployed for this exercise. More so, the Corps Marshal has equally directed that all Zebras must be active 24/7 for prompt rescue operations and be responsive to calls within the minimum FRSC response time to crashes reported.
The Corps Marshal therefore advised all motorists to be patient on the road and ensure that they operate within the ambit of the law as the Corps is out to ensure compliance of established traffic laws.
It would be recalled that Federal Road Safety Corps recorded 11per cent decrease in deaths from road accident across the country during its 2018 Special Eid-el-Fitri patrol compared to 2017.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said 51 deaths were recorded during the period as against 57 deaths in the same period in 2017.
Kazeem, however, stated that 24 per cent increase in road accidents were recorded during the period, rising from 102 in 2017 to 126 this year.