Ondo: FRSC sensitises motorists against overloading, speeding

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ondo State Command, has sensitised and cautioned  all motorists against overloading and speeding during the Easter celebration in the state.

Mr Ezekiel SonAllah, FRSC State Sector Commander made the caution at the end of the three-day Easter Enlightenment and Sensitisation Talk held at Ado/Benin Garage on Friday in Akure.

SonAllah, who said that the command had visited nine different parks for the Easter sensitisation and enlightenment programme, said that it behoved on drivers to abide by the rules and regulations of the roads to avoid crashes.

The sector commander said that the vision of the road safety was to eradicate road traffic crashes and create a safe motorable environment in Nigeria.

SonAllah also said that the eight people that died recently in the road crash within two days in the state was caused by burst of tyres and loss of control.

He said that no sickness could claim eight lives within two days in the state.

According to him, drivers must ensure that the conditions of their vehicle is in order before engaging in any journey, particularly during the festival period.

“So, we are appealing to our drivers, we need to avoid overloading our vehicles, avoid going at excessive speeds and install speed limit device in our vehicles.

“Also, we need to shun the issue of economic hardship and go for standard tyres instead of tokunbo tyres because we need to value our lives, not only our lives alone, but the lives of passengers.

“Moreover, don’t let us endanger our lives to tokunbo tyres, please, and let us drive to stay alive and remember that the higher the speed, the higher the deaths if any crashes occur.

“It is also compulsory for commercial vehicles to install speed limit device, while drivers should move with the prescribed limit to avoid unforseen circumstances that may occur on highways.

“So, road safety values lives, we don’t want any life to be lost and we want all the drivers and passengers to have a safer Easter and Sallah celebration,” he said.

SonAllah, therefore, called on major stakeholders to join hands with the road safety to ensure zero crashes was recorded during and after the festival.

He, however, explained that the command had deployed 16 patrol vehicles, four ambulances, one towing truck, saying 572 regular marshals and 429 special marshals were also deployed for the Easter celebration in the state.

Speaking, Mr Afolabi Osatuyi from Ado Garage and Mr Felix Oshin, Branch Secretary in Benni Garage, applauded the commandant for the sensitisation.

They promised to be safety cautious and to continuously sensitise other drivers on the dangers of speeding and over loading.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highlights of the programme was the distribution of flyers to drivers in highways and commercial motorcycles across the state capital, Akure. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)