Why there is decrease in road accidents in Osun, Oyo, Ondo states


Road Accident

By Joshua Oladipo

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says the improvement in motorists’ driving habits in Oyo, Osun and Ondo states has led to a drastic reduction of accidents in the zone.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC Zone 11, comprising Osun, Oyo and Ondo states, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Meshach Jatau, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Osogbo.

He said that the zone observed significant improvement in motorists’ driving habits, leading to minimal road accidents during the just concluded Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

“We notice a drastic reduction of accidents with only 30 road accidents in the zone involving 206 persons and 13 deaths while our men rescued 101 others.

“The deaths occurred in six routes within the zone in which motorcycle riders were predominantly in the fatality, ” Jatau said.

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He said that the leverage provided by accredited driving schools to undertake 15 session training programme for all motorcycle and tricycle riders would enable them to be licensed.

“The training will further expose motorcycle and tricycle riders to the rudiments of safe riding habits which would further reduce the frequency of occurrences of accidents.

“It will give them insights on the need to comply with road traffic laws and improve safety practices on our roads ,” he said.

The ZCO further said that 9,484 unclaimed drivers licences were yet to be collected across various driver’s licence centres ( DLCs) in the zone, adding that it would soon commence a special operation tagged “Show- your – License” to address the situation.

Jatau said the special operation to be embarked upon would enable only licensed and authorised drivers/riders on roads in the SouthWest.

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