The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has said that road crashes across the country was reduced by 33 per cent during the Christmas period.
This is contained in a statement by Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy in the commission and made available to journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He said the reduction was a “testimony to the robust efforts” of the FRSC to stem crashes on the nation’s roads during the festive period
Mr. Kazeem, however disclosed that the commission recorded 113 road traffic crashes within one week of patrol across the country.
He said: “113 road traffic crashes were recorded on the roads between Dec.19 and Dec.26, compared with 169 recorded during the same time last year, which shows reduction of 33 per cent.
“Similarly 86 lives were lost as at Saturday compared to 109 lost within same period last year.
“This shows improvement of 21 per cent in FRSC’s efforts to save lives on the roads.
“422 people were injured within the period this year which amounts to 30 per cent improvement in operation when compared with 606 people that were injured last year.
“Also, 934 people were involved in crashes within the period under review, compared with 1,284 involved last year within the same period, while 426 people were rescued this year unlike 570 last year.”
Mr. Kazeem said that 25 per cent improvement was recorded in the area of saving lives on the roads.
On prosecution of those who violated road rules and regulations, the FRSC spokesman said that the commission had so far arraigned 878 traffic violators, convicted 783 and discharged others.
He urged road users to always obey traffic rules and regulations and cooperate with traffic managers for free flow of movement.
Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC Corps Marshal, had inaugurated ‘’Operation Zero tolerance” on Dec. 18 in Onitsha, Anambra“with the theme: ‘’Drive safely into 2016.’’
Mr. Oyeyemi said the commission deployed 36,000 personnel and equipment for the exercise.
He said that 200 mobile courts was set up nationwide, to try and punish traffic offenders.
The FRSC boss expressed the determination of the commission to ensure that travellers had smooth and safe journey to their various destinations.