15th December, 2011
The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has deployed 30,000 personnel to 29 designated routes on the nationâ€™s highways to manage traffic and ensure accident-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Mr Osita Chidoka, made the announcement at the public presentation of a book entitled, â€œRoad Sense,â€ on Wednesday in Abuja.
The book was written by Dr Kayode Olagunju, an FRSC officer in charge of Transport Standardisation.
Chidoka said the commission would collaborate with other security agencies and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in checking the excesses of road users during the period.
He warned motorists and convoy drivers to abide by traffic rules and regulations, saying that the FRSC would no longer tolerate their excesses.
The Corps Marshal said that as at 4 December, the country had recorded 4,187 accidents in which 3,917 people died, while 15,386 sustained various degrees of injury.
He, however, said the 2011 accident rate was an appreciable decrease when compared with the 2010 figure, where 5,330 accidents were recorded, in which 4,065 people died and 18,094 were injured.
Chidoka noted with regret that the country lost N960 billion yearly to road accidents, a figure he said, represented 30 per cent and 17 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and national reserve, respectively.
He said the FRSC was improving on its facilities as well as sending its personnel on local and foreign training for the realisation of the commissionâ€™s mandate.
The author of the book, Olagunju, urged senior security officers to document their experiences for the benefit of junior and incoming officers.