The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged Nigerians to be safety conscious while driving during the Easter celebration.
The FRSC Corps Marshal Dauda Biu said this in a statement signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, on Saturday in Abuja.
Biu congratulated all Christians on the Easter celebration and called for deep reflection on the need to show love to others especially while using the road.
“I wish to seize the opportunity of the Easter celebration to call for deep reflection by people on the need for attitudinal change towards road safety and collective campaign against the menace of road traffic crashes in the country,” he said.
Biu also urged road users to observe traffic rules and regulations to ensure crash and obstruction-free festivities.
He said that the call was necessary due to the high rate of speed-related crashes in the country.
The FRSC boss advised motorists to drive defensively by observing traffic rules and regulations to achieve the goal of zero fatality during the festivities.
Biu said that the increase in human and vehicular movements across the country during Easter usually placed enormous pressure on the FRSC to effectively contain the traffic upsurge.
“I want to seriously appeal to motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations.
“Appropriate measures have been put in place through massive deployments of personnel and logistics across the nation to give succour to road travellers.
“The objectives of 2023 Easter special operations are to ensure zero fatality through enforcement,” he added.
Biu said there would be prompt removal of obstructions, enforcement of speeding, overloading and seatbelt offences, as well as violations on use of mobile phones while driving and lane indiscipline.
“Adequate deployments of our personnel and logistics to effectively cover all the road networks in the country as well as the identified black spots have been put in place.
“It is our hope that our goal of zero fatality during the Easter celebration will be achieved,” he said.
The Corps Marshal said that FRSC would continue to work hard to restore sanity to the road environment, beyond the Easter festivities.
He added that the Corps’ Call Centre and other rescue facilities across the country had been mobilised to respond to traffic in any emergency.
Biu solicited the cooperation of members of the public and called on them to promptly report road emergencies to the FRSC’s toll free line 122.
“Or the studios of the National Traffic Radio through: 08052998090 or 09067000015 for prompt response,” he said. (NAN)