By Nosa Àkeñzua
Delta State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) has urged motorists to refrain from dangerous driving to reduce road accidents these “ember’ months.
It also disclosed that 145 offenders in the state were fined in the last six months.
Sector Commander, Mr. Bassey Eshiet, who spoke to journalists in Asaba at the weekend, said that drivers should reduce their speed to avoid accidents.
According to him, during ’ember’ months, most drivers often move at top speed as they want to ”travel that particular day and return”, disclosing that speeding is the principal cause of auto crashes, especially when a driver ditches traffic rules.
He said: ”We want all road users to be cautious of their speed level. That is why we encourage transport company owners and even private vehicle owners to install speed limiting device. It helps vehicle to operate at a preloaded level. We have devices such as radar speed gun to monitor the speed of a vehicle and once you are suspected to overspeed, we give you a ticket and you pay for the violation.”
Eshiet advised drivers not to engage in alcohol intake before embarking on any journey, and urged members of the public to cooperate with FRSC officials to ensure a safe motoring environment.
The Sector Commander said: ”Drivers should refrain from drugs abuse and intake of intoxicating substances that affect their vision and judgment while driving. The whole essence is to save lives. We should obey all the rules governing driving. We should cooperate with officials of the Corps on duty. If for any reason you have a cause to register apprehension, you should channel your grievances appropriately and it will be addressed.”
Eshiet, however, assured that the command would continue to carry out massive road safety enlightenment and enforcement to ensure compliance of road users to traffic rules and regulations.