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Auto crash kills 85 persons during Easter celebration –FRSC

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 11:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor Abuja


The Federal Road Safety Corps has said that 115 road traffic crashes were recorded, which resulted in 85 deaths during the Easter celebrations across various states if the federation.

Imoh Etuk, Corps Public Education Officer, in a press statement said the number of crashes in 2015 Easter celebration translated to 17 percent reduction, when compared to last year’s figure of 139 within the same period.

According to him, FRSC also recorded 25 percent reduction in the number of vehicles involved in road traffic crashes within this period, which stood at 172, in comparison with 230 vehicles in 2014 while 13 percent reduction was also recorded in number of people involved in road traffic crashes in 2015 with 885 persons as against the 2014 figure of 1,012.

Details of the 2015 fatality figures indicate that while 85 deaths were recorded in 2015, the 2014 Easter patrols posted 80 deaths, translating to 5 percent increase.

On injuries, 463 casualties were recorded this year, while 451 persons were injured in 2014, representing 3 percent increase.

On mobile courts, the FRSC image maker also disclosed that the corps arraigned 23 traffic offenders out of which 20 offenders were convicted, while 1,388 offenders were arrested for contravening 8,625 traffic-related offences during the 2015 festive season.

He further revealed that non-use of seat belt by motorists was most prevalent with 2,194 offences, followed by riding without safety helmet (1,013) and tyre violation accounting for 1,040 offences.

Similarly, speed limit violation accounted for most of the road traffic crashes during the exercise with 44 cases, followed by loss of control with 29 and wrongful overtaking accounting for 12 road traffic crashes.

Reacting to the reduced figures in road crashes and traffic offenders, Etuk recalled that “it is a fall-out of the Corps’ massive deployment of personnel and logistics along critical corridors based on intelligence derived from 2014 special operations”.

He also informed that “455 patrol vehicles, 66 Ambulances, 102 motor bikes, 12 tow trucks and over 34,000 personnel were deployed during the Easter patrol, in addition to robust public enlightenment campaigns.