Bad Roads Do Not Cause Accidents — FRSC Boss

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Mr. Osita Chidoka, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has attributed the high rate of road accidents to bad driving habit of motorists.

Addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Awka, Chidoka said that the country’s bad roads were not primarily responsible for the spate of accidents, but wrong use of the highways by motorists.

“It is not the bad roads in the country that cause accidents but the bad use of our bad roads, which are the major cause of auto crashes,” he remarked.

The Corps Marshal said that if only drivers would be cautious in plying the deplorable roads, accidents would be reduced to a barest minimum.

Chidoka, however, restated the determination of the agency to reduce the rate of accidents on the nation’s highways by half before 2015.

He said that in spite of attacks on operatives of the commission on enforcement of traffic regulations, it would not recommend the use of firearms for the personnel.

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“Our job is to change the behaviour of road users even in the face of provocation and attacks on our men. We will not resort to the use of firearms during traffic enforcement,” he stated.

Chidoka, who visited the Anambra Command of the Commission, expressed appreciation to the members of staff for their commitment to its growth, which he said, led to his re-appointment.

He expressed delight that the image of the organisation had changed for the better, promising that during his tenure, staff welfare would be accorded topmost priority.

Earlier, the Sector Commander, Mr. Ayobami Omiyale, had listed the achievements of the command from 2009 to date, noting that there had been a noticeable reduction of accidents.

Omiyale said the command would do more in ensuring that sanity prevailed on the roads.

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