About 252 people lost their lives in road crashes across the country during the festive period, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) disclosed at the weekend.
This figure, according to the commission, covers December 19 to 31, 2013, with the projection of 15 percent reduction in auto-crashes this year.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja,, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Osita Chidoka, noted that although the Commission’s calculation for the festive period was still on, the 2013 road accident casualty increased with 108 compared to the 244 recorded in 2012.
Chidoka maintained that the total number of road crashes in the period under review was 461 with 1,438 people injured.
According to him, 788 vehicles were involved in auto crashes with 1,519 people rescued alive.
He further revealed that 1,013 offenders were during the period arraigned in mobile courts, 867 out of them were convicted with fines, and 146 the discharged and acquitted.