Akwa Ibom: FRSC records 118 road crashes, 37 deaths


Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Sunday that it recorded 118 road crashes and 37 deaths in Akwa Ibom in 2015.
The Sector Commander of the corps, Mrs Cecelia Alao, disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Uyo.
Alao said that those that died in the crashes were 19 males, 17 females and a child, while 39 lives were lost in 2014.
She said however that 118 road crashes recorded in 2015 was slightly higher than the153 cases recorded the previous year.
The sector commander also said that 81 persons were injured during the year under review as against 141 persons in 2014.
She attributed the reduction to effective patrol and rigorous sensitization campaign carried out by the FRSC especially during festive periods.
“We brainstormed and strategized on our corporate goals in line with the emerging traffic challenges to curb certain issues coming up within the year.
“We had very robust and tasking goals in 2015 among which was to ensure reduction in road traffic crashes which we achieved very reasonably in Akwa Ibom State,” she said.
The sector commander said that the predominant risk factors to road crashes in the state were speed limit violation and dangerous overtaking.
According to her, research has shown that about 53 per cent of road traffic crashes across the country is caused by over speeding.
He said the command had continued to campaign seriously against speed limit violation and dangerous overtaking, in order to reduce the number of crashes on the roads.
Alao said the command would intensify its campaign this year to achieve further reduction in the rate of road crashes in the state.
She said sensitization of the stakeholders in the transport industry had commenced, with a view to getting them ready for compliance with the rule on installation of speed limiting …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper