The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has urged motorists to maintain safe speed limits while plying the roads during the yuletide period.
The Ogun FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, gave the advice while flagging-off the “Ember Months’’ road safety campaign on Monday in Ijebu-Ode.
Oladele, who was represented by the FRSC Head of Operations, Mr Davies Ogiamien, said it was imperative for motorists to curtail their speeding and other traffic violations, to minimise crashes.
The FRSC boss further said the campaign would maintain strict adherence to enforcing traffic rules and regulations, especially those against over-speeding, overloading, driving-under-influence and dangerous driving.
“The Sagamu-Ore expressway is notorious for route violations, over-speeding and overloading offences. This shall not be tolerated during this special patrol.
“We shall ensure that more personnel and patrol vehicles are deployed to arrest traffic offenders and maintain compliance with regulations, along this corridor.
“Motorists should endeavour to be more careful while negotiating the Ososa river end of the Sagamu-Ore expressway, which has been identified as a fatal black spot,’’ he said.
Oladele said the command’s planned synergy with the Police during the period was expected to impact positively on traffic flow.
“Our collaboration with the police shall also drastically reduce cases of crashes caused by highway robbery and other crime-related incidents along the expressway,” Oladele said.
He, therefore, called on motorists to ensure the maintenance of their vehicles, to avert sudden disappointments in transit.
Oladele also said commercial drivers must endeavour to have speed limiters installed in their vehicles before commencement of its enforcement on Feb. 1, 2017.
“The advisory enforcement of the speed limiters which began on Oct. 1, shall end on Jan. 31, 2017. Full enforcement will begin immediately afterwards,” he said.
Also, Mr Austin Ekele, the FRSC Unit Commander in Ijebu-Ode, said not less than 80 per cent of road carnages in the country were caused by excessive speeding.
Ekele said the ideal speed limit on the highways should not exceed 100km/hr at the most.
“In the Ijebu-Ode axis, there has been an improvement in incidents of crashes up until the third quarter of 2016 over that of 2015.
“But by November, it appeared as if the restraining gates had been broken when bizarre crashes began to occur.
“Let me reiterate the command’s resolve at check-mating any form of indiscipline on the part of drivers during this yuletide period,” Ekele said.
He, however, assured the public that the FRSC would continue to educate motorists on safe driving, for the benefit of all road users.
In the same vein, the Oru of Imoru, Oba Nurudeen Adeposi; the Ijebu-Ode Local Government Chairman, Mr Gbolade Oduwole, and the Police Area Commander, Ijebu-Ode, ACP Funso Olarinoye, attended the occasion.
NAN reports that the theme of the programme was “Crash the crash, speed kills’’.