Besides enforcing regulations and monitoring road activities by users, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is also mandated with the duty of keeping records of road accidents that occur monthly.
1. FCT witnessed the highest number of road crashes in March, 2019
Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi confirmed that the FRSC Road Traffic Crash Report signed for March, 2019 reflected a high number of crashes in recent times.
He clarified that about 118 crashes occurred in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), affecting 733 persons, resulting in 29 fatalities and 295 injuries. As reported, 922 road crashes were recorded across the 36 Nigerian states and the FCT in the third month of this year.
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Oyeyemi noted that Kaduna recorded the second highest number of crashes (76 crashes) while Nasarawa followed with 58 crashes, Ogun state has 57, while Niger and Lagos shared the same number of crashes, 45. Those are states with most road accidents in that month.
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2. Kaduna tops the list of fatalities
During the interview with the press, Mr. Oyeyemi informed there were 420 victims died out of 6,558 people involved in those road crashes in March.
“ 6, 558 persons were involved in the road traffic crashes, out of which 420 died and 3,122 others survived with varying degrees of injuries. This statistical analysis indicates an increase by six per cent and 29 per cent in fatalities and crash cases when compared to February,” he added.
Mr. Oyeyemi also remarked that depending on the analysis of fatalities, Kaduna records the highest number of victims totaling 44 persons. This is followed by Bauchi which accounts for 40, Niger state holds 31 and the FCT has 29 fatalities. Oyo State records 26 while Ogun state and Zamfara both measure 24 fatalities.
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3. Lagos-Ibadan expressway is the road of death
When it comes to locations, Mr. Oyeyemi confirmed that Lagos-Ibadan road leads the tally of accidents with 58 crashes, 21 people dead and 122 injured.
Kaduna-Abuja recorded 49 crashes while the Abuja-Lokoja road accounts for 48 cases. The Nyanya-AyA and the Abuja-Keffi roads are included also as data shows 16 and 12 crashes respectively.
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The Corps Marshal indicated speed violations as the major factor that contributes to road crashes. He said that it caused about 470 road crashes, making up of 49.5 percent of the total. He, however, invoked media organizations to assist FRSC to sensitize the public on speeding risks while driving. Motorists are to endeavor to obey road rules and traffic regulations and to also know the importance of installing Speed Limiting Devices in their vehicles.