Rivers State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr Kayode Olagunju, said on Thursday that 300 personnel had been deployed for the Eid-el-fitri celebration.
Olagunju told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the command also deployed 200 special marshals to assist the regular marshals to patrol the highways during the celebration.
“We have about 300 regular marshals on the road, while about 200 special marshals are also deployed.
“Then in terms of vehicles, we have about 20 on the highways, including ambulances and tow trucks, to remove any broken down vehicle on the highways,’’ he said.
The commander said the traffic situation in the state had been calm since the sallah celebration began as personnel deployed had been doing their work.
Olagunju said the command on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, arrested 170 traffic offenders, adding 40 were arraigned before the Mobile Court, 37 convicted, while three were discharged.
“In terms of crashes, we have not recorded any during this period. Our men are on the road to ensure smooth flow of traffic and a crash-free sallah period,’’ he said.
Olagunju said the command was hopeful that the state would record a crash-free sallah period because of the special attention by personnel deployed to different parts of the state.
“We appeal to road users and motorists to obey traffic laws and regulations during this period. Our men will arrest people who disobeyed traffic laws and regulations,’’ he said. [NAN]