By Ahmed Ajikobi
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara State Command said that no fewer than 67 lives were lost to road accidents in the state in January and February this year.
This was disclosed by the Kwara Sector Commander, Jonathan Owoade during an interview with our reporter in his office on Tuesday.
Owoade stated further that 46 people lost their lives in road accident in January while 21 deaths were recorded in the month of February to auto crashes.
Giving a breakdown, he said the Command recorded 32 road crashes which involved 54 vehicles in the month of January.
“Out of the 32 road accident, 10 were fatal accident, 19 serious while 3 were minor. The accident involved 219 people and 77 passengers were injured.
“While in the month of February the Command recorded 34 road crashes which involved 38 vehicles, nine fatal accident, 20serious and five minor accidents. The accident involved 208 passengers, 114 injured while 21 lost their lives to the auto crashes.”
He further said that the accident involved majorly commercial drivers from other states.
Owoade lamented that despite the sensitisation by Road safety officials in all motor parks in collaboration with NURTW and other transport associations against reckless driving, drivers have continued to turn deaf ears to the words of caution.
“We sensitize the passengers too on why it is necessary to caution their drivers against reckless driving or drinking and taking hard substances before or while driving. We give them our emergency number 122 to call and report erring drivers.”
He attributed causes of the accidents to speed limit violation, tyre burst, wrongful overtaking, dangerous driving among others.
According to him, some of accidents occurred at Jebba, Oloru, Baruten, Bode Saadu, Idofian, Omu-Aran among others.
He disclosed that the Command also arrested 3,270 offenders for 3,413 offences in January and February, adding that some offenders were charged with more than five offences.
“Some were arrested for lack of driver’s license, vehicle license, sit belt, making calls while driving, over loading and no speed limit device among other offences.”
He pleaded with drivers both commercial and private to always abide by all the traffic rules and regulations, adding that it is for their own safety and their passengers they are conveying to their destination.
By Ahmed Ajikobi