Our Command Apprehended 6,771 Traffic Offenders 2021 Q1 – Oyo FRSC

The Oyo state wing of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has revealed that the agency has arrested at least 6,771 drivers for contravening different traffic offenses in the state in the First Quarter of 2021.

Revealing this on Monday during a press conference to mark the 6th United Nations Global Road Safety Week, 2021, tagged “Street for Life” the FRSC Sector Commander in the state; Mrs. Uche Chukwurah, disclosed that seat belt violations were the highest-occurring offense committed in the state.

The Oyo FRSC sector commander further revealed that failure to install speed limit devices, driver’s license violation, and riding motorcycles without helmets are the top road offenses committed by road users and motorists in the state. She said that the offenders were fined after undergoing public enlightenment and advised them to adhere to traffic rules and regulations in the future.

Mrs. Chukwurah stated that excessive speed was the main cause of road traffic crashes in Nigeria and the world in general, and appealed to motorists to always maintain road speed limits.

“The 2021 UN Global Road Safety Week is focusing its campaign on calling for 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limit to be the norm for cities, towns, and villages worldwide.”

“According to the UN health agency, every year more than 1.3 million people die in road trafficking accidents, that is one person every 24 seconds. “We want to stem the tide of excessive speed and advocate for 30km/h speed limit within the cities, communities, and villages to ensure that we have streets where we can walk safely and our children can get to school unharmed,” she said.

Mrs. Chukwurah also said that the new policy of maintaining a maximum of 30 km/hr. speed limit could be achieved through intensive public enlightenment, seminars, and rallies. She said that the FRSC would this week inaugurate “the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021 to 2030 and its Global Plans” that would align with emphasis on the importance of a holistic approach to road safety.

“This calls for improvements on ongoing design of roads and vehicles, improving laws and enforcement on behavioral risks like speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, and providing timely emergency care for the injured,” she said.

The FRSC, in collaboration with Special marshals, later took their sensitization rally to Eleyele Motor Park where officials educated motorists on the need to drive safely and adhere strictly to speed limits.

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