Akpan Umoh, Uyo
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed 643 personnel and warned drivers against unsafe road use culture of driving against traffic (wrong way drive) during this Eid-el-Kabir to avoid road crashes.
The Sector Commander of FRSC in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Matthew Olonisaye, gave the advice in a statement issued in Uyo and made available to newsmen on Tuesday.
Olonisaye urged drivers not to indulge in the practice of driving against traffic (wrong-way drive) along major routes in the state, due to grave dangers associated with such driving habits.
He urged all motorists, drivers and all road users to plan their journey on time and avoid the rush, stressing that it takes a conscious effort to keep the roads safe.
He said that all road users should be conscious of the fact that we are in the rainy season which requires one to be careful while on the road.
“Eid El Kabir, Sallah celebration is here and will be celebrated across the world. Muslim faithful and other Nigerians will take advantage of this period to travel across the length and breadth of Nigeria to celebrate with family members and friends.
“Against this backdrop, the Command is calling on all motorists and other road users to apply caution while using the roads, especially during this Season when the roads are witnessing a high volume of human and vehicular movement.
“To enhance the Corps’ visibility, ensure adequate deployment of human and material resources as well as align with the Corps strategic goal of five per cent reduction in road traffic death and injuries, and to ensure free-flow of traffic for ease of doing business in Akwa Ibom State.
“A total of 643 operatives, including Special Marshals have been strategically deployed to man major routes in the state for traffic control/calming, while 11 Patrol Vehicles and two Ambulances are deployed for effective coverage of critical areas with adequate arrangement made for tow trucks to clear any obstruction during the period,” Olonisaye said.
The sector commander added that the command would be embarking on a special operation to intensify enforcement on critical offences, alongside engagement in robust public education and enlightenment during this period.
According to him, all is geared towards ensuring the non-tolerance of any blatant non-compliance or fragrance disobedience to traffic rules.
Olonisaye warned that any offender apprehended for violating any such critical offences like driving against traffic (wrong way drive), dangerous driving etc, will be prosecuted in line with extant laws and traffic safety regulations.
“It is our responsibility to protect and safeguard our lives especially while using the roads. Let us remain active by observing traffic rules and regulations and report road and other emergencies promptly to the FRSC toll-free line- 122,” he said.
The sector commander commended all who contributed in one way or the other towards the advancement of road safety in the state.