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FRSC Organises Free Eye Test For 1,761 Drivers



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it has carried out free and voluntary eye test exercise for 1,761 drivers during the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir special patrol operations nationwide.

Out of the total number of 1,761 drivers tested by the optometrists, 350 drivers were discovered to have sight defects while 35 drivers went home with free eyeglasses.

The eye test, which lasted from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 August, 2018 was successfully carried out in collaboration with Optometrists Association across the country.

The corps public education officer, Bisi Kazeem, who revealed this, said that a total of 4,983 offenders were apprehended over 6,097 offences committed across 2,360 routes covered by the Corps during the Sallah special patrol operations.

The most prevalent offence recorded during the period was Seatbelt Use Violation with 1,540 offenders apprehended.

Kazeem also revealed that a number of Mobile Court sittings were conducted across the country during the period.

A total of 102 persons were arraigned during the mobile court operations in 2018 Sallah Special patrol compared to 218 persons in 2017; while 99 offenders were convicted compared to 208 in 2017, and three persons were discharged and acquitted.

In the same vein, the Corps recorded a significant increase in the number of people rescued without injury during the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir special patrol operations.

Kazeem said during the special operations, a total of 612 persons were rescued without injury as against 552 persons in the same period in 2017 representing 10.87 per cent increase.

Total number of persons rescued with injuries in road traffic crashes during the 2018 Sallah celebration period was 397 compared to 400 in 2017, representing a decrease of 0.75 per cent.

In addition, he mentioned that from the total number of 118 crashes, 63 were fatal compared to 79 in 2017 which represents 20 per cent decrease in total number of people killed; 61 were serious  compared to 83 in 2017 which represents 26.51 per cent decrease; and a total of 26 were minor crashes compared to 22 in 2017 which represents 18.18 per cent increase.

He also stated that of the 1,072 persons involved in road traffic crashes during the 2018 Sallah special patrol operation, 213 vehicles were involved compared to 221 in 2017, and 63 persons lost their lives in 2018 compared to 79 in 2017.