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FRSC Warns Motorists Against Drunk Driving

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Posted: Jul 4, 2016 at 6:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 

Chibuzor Emejor

Abuja – The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned that drinking habits among motorists can dramatically upturn the trends and statistics that make up the decline recorded in road traffic crashes in the face of obvious signs of progress in road safety, despite the fast-paced population growth.

Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, who gave the warning, said that Nigeria’s road fatality per 100,000 human population has currently reduced to 2.99 per cent in 2015 compared to records of preceding years where the least fatality rate per 100,000 was 3.61 per cent in 2012.

Bisi Kazeem, Head Media Relations and Strategy of FRSC said that Oyeyemi’s warning was contained in an address entitled, “Advancing Road Safety through Consultative Discourse” delivered to the Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) CEOs meeting in Lagos recently.

The BSG comprises Nigerian Breweries Limited (NBL), Guinness, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), and SAB Miller.

He said the Corps Marshal stated that the FRSC Establishment Act 2007, and National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012, prohibit and prescribe fines and imprisonment term for driving or attempting to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and other narcotics that can lead to fatal road traffic crashes.

He stressed that the Corps was aware that alcohol beverages are available in different forms, with some sold in motor parks as medicinal products, which was often consumed excessively, and the Corps has placed restriction on the sale of alcohol in those areas, even though compliance level is still low.

While dissuading motorists from consuming alcohol beverages, the Corps Marshal stated that the higher the consumption of alcohol beverage, the higher the speed that in turn results in impaired vision and illusive driving.

In the light of the above, concerted efforts by the Corps to curb the trend of drunk driving by the motoring public involves public enlightenment, random alcohol testing in motor parks where violators are prosecuted.

Earlier in his address, Mr. Nico Vervelde, the Chairman of BSG, who is also the Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Limited, revealed that NBL and Guinness had been collaborating with FRSC for more than eight years.

He said that he believed that by coming together as a group under the BSG platform to collaborate with the Corps and chart a way forward, it is going to be highly beneficial to the organisations involved in particular, and the motoring public in general.