The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ilorin Zone 8, comprising Kogi, Kwara and Ekiti States, has disclosed that it recorded more than 33 lives lost to road accidents due to over-speeding in a week.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Assistant Corps Marshall, John Meheux who made the disclosure at the weekend during a sensitization programme held in Ilorin, noted that 40 per cent of road traffic crashes is caused by “over speeding and inappropriate speed.”
He said “In many countries, there are records to show that since they implemented the use of speed limiting devices, their crashes also dropped. That is what we have adopted.
“Within Zone 8, at Kegu on the Abuja-Lokoja route, we recently lost 16 people to road crashes. Three days after, we lost 17 and few days again, we lost more. If those vehicles were using their devices and driving within their expected speed limits, the crashes would have been reduced.”
“I don’t want to mention the remaining data but you will agreed with me that we are worried and we are reducing crashes and if those vehicles are using the speed-limit devices the crashes would have been reduced.
“I gave you record that from our own data as much 40% of the crashes were recorded are attributable to over speeding and inappropriate speed.
On his part, FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, tasked commercial drivers to always comply with the speed limit.
According to him, other advantages aside saving peoples’ lives by the device, the vehicle life-span will last for a longer period and will consume less fuel.
Oyeyemi who was represented by the Assistant Corps Marshall, Kehinde Adeleye said “Defaulters are committing a traffic offence for which they can be fined or jailed.”
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