‘Why we’ve high accidents rate on Lokoja-Abuja road’

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has identified telephone calls while driving, excessive speeding and overloading as being responsible for the incessant road crashes on Lokoja-Abuja road.

The Assistant Corps Marshall in charge of Ekiti, Kogi and Kwara states, Mr Kehinde Adeleye spoke yesterday  in Lokoja at the end of a two-day familiarisation tour of FRSC formations in Kogi.

He said acts of indiscipline and non-adherence to traffic rules were particularly rampant among the educated users of the road, thereby compounding the problem.

Adeleye said that the commission was determined to reverse the trend by compelling motorists to obey the traffic rules, and to arrest and prosecute erring drivers.

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He said the FRSC had made itself more visible on the road by establishing four unit commands between Okene-Abuja.

Adeleye also said more personnel and logistics would be deployed to the four unit commands to stem the carnage.

He further said more options were also on the card to ensure a safer motoring environment in all parts of the country.

According to him, the commission has in its quest to ensure quick response to distress calls acquired a toll free line which members of the public can use free of charge to reach its officials.

The FRSC chief, who gave the toll free line as 122 urged Nigerian to use it responsibly and be forthcoming with details of accidents or traffic bottleneck in any part of the country.

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He said in the course of his visit, he held meetings with traditional rulers, leaders of transport unions, NYSC officials in the state and other stakeholders.

He said the commission would seek the partnership of the police, civil defence corps, the Red Cross and relevant organisations in its efforts to restore sanity on the roads.

Adeleye urged officers and men of the commission to be more dedicated to their duties, and warned them to shun corruption and indiscipline.

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