The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) announced that it arrested no fewer than 6,961 motorists for traffic-related offences during the just concluded 2019 Easter celebrations.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Public Education Officer of the Corps, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, stated that the number this year was higher than the 5,963 recorded during the 2018 Easter celebrations.
Kazeem also revealed that 120 road traffic crashes were recorded by the FRSC – a figure showing a 25 percent decrease in the overall crashes experienced during the 2019 Easter celebrations. He said that this was against the 160 crashes that occurred at the 2018 Easter celebrations.
For the number of people involved in accidents, Kazeem said that a total of 1,128 was recorded, a reduction against the 1,163 total recorded during the 2018 celebrations, giving a 3 percent decrease.
A total of 513 persons were rescued, sustaining injuries from road accidents in the 2019 celebration. In 2018, the total was 534, resulting to a 4 percent decrease.
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Speaking on the improvements achieved, Kazeem said that an increase in the total number of personnel deployed for effective traffic control, patrol operations and prompt rescue was instrumental.
Other areas that helped to attain this feat, according to the Spokesman, were public awareness via the mass media, advocacy programs, clearing of obstructions and motor park rallies.
He gave assurances that the corps would leverage the improvements to attain better results.
During festive periods such as Easter, there is an increase in the number of road users as many people travel to different destinations in the country to celebrate with their loved ones. This high movement often leads to an increase in road accidents. Efforts by authorities such as the FRSC go a long way in reducing casualties experienced.