The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Friday revealed that it recorded 1,602 deaths in highway carnages across the country in the last quarter of 2017.
The agency also said that it would soon begin conduct eye test on drivers and other road users to make this year’s ember months free of accidents.
The FRSC noted that the deaths was recorded from 2,805 accidents between September and December in year under review described the scenario as too devastating to be overlooked.
The FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi made the revelation on Friday at the flag off the 2018 ember months campaign tagged: ‘Safe Driving, Saves Lives’, organized by the Ekiti State Sector Command of the traffic regulatory agency in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The flag-off was performed by Oyeyemi, the state governor who was represented by Engineer Ogunleye Adedeji and the State Sector Commander, Mr Ismaila Kugu.
Oyeyemi who was represented at the event by FRSC Assistant Routes Commander, Albert Ogunsanmi said the move became necessary to stem carnage on Nigerian roads by preventing road users from driving with defective eyesight.
The Corps, according to him was going to be strict on its conduct of vision acuity tests urging other traffic agencies to collaborate with FRSC to achieve the task.
‘’In the months September to December in 2017, the total number of crashes recorded were 2,805 , number of deaths were 1,602 , people involved were 20, 196 and vehicles involved were 4, 503.
“The corps has resolved to trend down the figures listed by a huge margin, and this can only be achieved with the cooperation of all road safety stakeholders.
“The ember months is a period of festivity many people erroneously believe that evil forces on the roads are responsible for road crashes and fatalities.
“Whereas, it is the struggle on the part of most people to travel to meet their loved ones, more trips on the part of commercial drivers to make more money in preparation for the yuletide without adequate rest that are responsible for the road mishap.
“The Corps is going to be strict on its conduct of vision acuity tests to make sure all drivers on the roads do not have defective eyesight, and responsibility equally falls on the other traffic agencies to collaborative with FRSC to achieve this task,“ the FRSC boss stated.
Oyeyemi said his men would step up the FRSC’s ‘Operation Cobra’ to stop the menace of light violation, drunk driving , dangerous driving ,use of phone while driving and other routine violation common to motorists.
The FRSC boss advised that road users drive cautiously when the weather condition is not favourable or stop and wait until the situation normalizes.
Present at the event were representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Motorcycle and Tricycle Commercial Riders Association, Police, Prisons, DSS, Immigration Service, NYSC Road Safety Club, FRSC Special Marshall among others.