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54 Persons Died Through Road Traffic Crashes During 2019 Eid-El-Kabir Celebration-Report



Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)

No fewer than 54 persons lost their lives in Road Traffic Crashes (RTC’s)  during the recent 2019 Eid-El-Kabir celebration, the Federal Road Safety Corps has said.

Based on statistics made available to LEADERSHIP the Corps recorded seven per cent decrease in number of Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) and 12 per cent reduction in fatality on Nigerian roads during the 2019 Eid-El Kabir special patrol operations.

Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who made this known said that, in a special patrol operation that lasted for six days, the Corps recorded 117 RTCs as against 126 within the same period in 2018 representing seven per cent decrease in number of RTC”s.

According to him, 22 out of the 117 crashes were fatal, compared to 25 recorded within the same period in 2018, representing 12 per cent decrease in number of fatalities recorded.

Giving a breakdown of 2019 sallah special operation, Kazeem stated that,

“A total of 5713 offenders were apprehended over 6481 offences committed across 2053 routes covered by the Corps. The most prevalent offence recorded during the period was Seatbelt Use Violation with 1492 offenders apprehended. More to this, Public enlightenment campaigns within the period increased by 5.7 per cent”

The decrease in road traffic crashes during the 2019 celebration period according to him came as a result of improved patrol operation, robust public enlightenment campaign, prompt rescue services, enhanced stakeholder collaboration, wider coverage of the national road network.

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

He disclosed that155 persons were arraigned during the mobile court operations in 2019 Sallah Special patrol compared to 230 persons in 2018; while 141 offenders were convicted compared to 221 in 2018, and 14 persons were discharged and acquitted.



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