The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Friday said it has deployed more than 15,500 personnel for a five-day nationwide special patrol during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Jonas Agwu, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abuja, noting that the patrol would start from Monday, Oct. 14.
The statement added that the patrol was aimed at addressing avoidable road accidents associated with surge in traffic during festivals.
Agwu stated that the exercise would witness intensive patrols, prompt rescue operations, strict enforcement of traffic rules and enlightenment campaigns.
The personnel and equipment, he said, would be deployed to critical road corridors where accidents often occur, including Yangoji, Lokoja, Akwanga, Jos, Mokwa, Bida, Potiskum, Bauchi, Lafia, Makurdi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Gombe and Kano.
“The 2013 Sallah patrol signifies the intention of the FRSC to do all within its powers to ensure zero road crash, injury and death throughout the Ember season and yuletide,” he said.
He urged motorists to obey traffic rules, adding that there would be no waiver for any traffic violations.
The FRSC official urged the public to call the FRSC emergency toll free line 122, in case of any traffic gridlock or other related issues.
He said “the FRSC has set up situation desks for prompt response distress calls during the Sallah celebration and the numbers are: 08077690451, 08077690444, 08056294041 and 08056294022”. (NAN)