The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi has charged Commanding Officers of the Corps to step up enforcement of the law on use of speed limiting device.
This directive comes on the heels of a careful review of the first phase of the end of year special patrol being embarked upon by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) wherein increasing cases of speed related crashes were recorded within the period.
This was disclosed by the Corps’ Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem in a press release issued in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, while the Corps Marshal expressed satisfaction with the conduct of most drivers and the performance of the personnel in containing the rate and fatalities of road traffic crashes within the period of Christmas celebration, he expressed concerns that the increasing level of speed induced crashes as recorded within the period is undermining the efforts of the Corps to ensure safer road environments, saying every steps must be taken to restore normalcy to the road.
Kazeem further noted that while other causative factors such as route violation, dangerous driving and light sign violations were not completely ruled out in the records of crashes that occurred within the period, the reoccurring nature of speeding as a major factor was a source of deep concern to the Corps Marshal who has ordered for a review of the strategy for a more effective enforcement of the regulations on use of speed limiting device.
While warning the drivers to be cautious of the speed which has become a major causative factor in crash occurrences within the period under review, despite the massive public enlightenment campaigns launched by the Corps to sensitize members of the public on the menace of speed induced crashes, the Corps Marshal described the phenomenon as unacceptable.
It would be recalled that FRSC as part of its annual special end of year patrohtlheeenen engaged in this year’s special Christmas and new patrol to address the usual cases of traffic holdups, crashes, death and injuries resulting from increased human and vehicular traffic within the festive periods. The massive deployments of personnel and logistics to the major highways and identified black spots across the country is being done at the same time with traffic counts to determine the volume and types of vehicles that are plying the roads within the period for a more efficient future traffic management planning.
According to FRSC, tlhe codename for this year’s special operations is, “Drive Safe; Stay Safe,” which it said was chosen in view of the threats of COVID-19 pandemic and need for members of the public especially the road travelers to operate in full compliance with road safety rules and regulations and strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 protocols.