The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has revealed that no fewer than 1,618 deaths of people were recorded from road crashes between December 2018 and February 2019.
The Corps made this known in a Report of Road Traffic Crash from Dec 2018 to Feb 2019, released recently.
The report showed that more than 21,577 people encountered road crashes in vehicles including cars, motorcycles, minibuses, trailers, trucks and tankers. According to the report, the five major causes of road accidents were speed violation, dangerous driving, wrongful overtaking, brake failure and tire burst.
In the report, the Abuja–Kaduna road had the highest number of road crash fatality within the stated period of time. Other roads identified for high rate of road fatality in the report were Abuja-Lokoja, Lagos-Ibadan and Kaduna-Zaria roads.
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There was a recommendation in the report for the provision of more rescue and patrol operations in areas that were highly prone to road crashes in order to reduce the rate of casualties recorded. It also emphasized on the need for heightened road and vehicle safety awareness to educate motorists on precautionary measures to avoid road crashes involving cars, motorcycles and minibuses.
“As a matter of fact, the Corps needs to step up enforcement on overspeeding or initiate a high powered technology to detect and stem the tide of overspeeding as part of operational activities,’’ the report stated.