Eid-El-Fitri: FRSC Deploys 20,000 Personnel, 600 Patrol Vehicles To Ensure Crash-Free Celebration | Independent Newspapers Limited
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Eid-El-Fitri: FRSC Deploys 20,000 Personnel, 600 Patrol Vehicles To Ensure Crash-Free Celebration

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 6:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor

ABUJA – The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it has deployed 600 patrol vehicles, 50 ambulances, 85 motor bikes, 15 tow trucks and over 20,000 personnel including special marshals, along designated routes as part of measures to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways, during this year’s Eid-el-Fitri Sallah celebration from July 3 – 10, 2016.

This year’s nationwide exercise which is partial fulfillment of the Corps’ 2016 strategic goals of reducing road crashes by 15 per cent and fatality by 25 per cent, has become necessary to ensure safer road use during the festive period, usually associated with high volume of vehicular traffic.

A statement by Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC’s Head of Media Relations and Strategy, explained that the special patrol also entails intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the nation.

In addition, he said the FRSC personnel would be deployed along designated Eid praying grounds as part of measures to ensure free flow of traffic.

Part of this nationwide engagement plans, according to the FRSC Head, Media Relations and Strategy, is massive deployment of personnel and logistics along 23 designated critical corridors and black spots such as  Lokoja-Benin-Auchi, Abaji-Lokoja, Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-HawanKibo-Jos,Minna-Birnin-Kebbi-Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua-Zaria, Potiskum-Damaturu, Kabba highways and 65 routes, identified for this exercise.

Similarly, the Corps’ 24 emergency ambulance response centres located at designated routes across the country in the FCT, Kaduna, Gombe, Jigawa, Taraba, Niger, Kogi, Ondo, Edo, Osun, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara states,  would be operational throughout the period.

He said stakeholders such as the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Emergency Management Agency and others, would complement the FRSC.

Furthermore, the Corps Marshal has directed the removal of obstructions from the highways while efforts should be geared towards improved traffic control/decongestion and public enlightenment campaigns through the distribution of safety handbills.

Infractions such as use of cell phone while driving, worn-out/expired tyres, number and driver’s licence violation, speed limit violation, dangerous driving/overtaking, overloading/wrongful overtaking and lane violations would attract severe sanctions from the Corps, he warned.

Motorists are also warned to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of their vehicles.

Passengers are equally enjoined to monitor their drivers on reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and other road vices.

“The Corps wishes to reiterate its appeal to the Nigerian motoring public to report any road crash or traffic-related emergencies through calling the toll-free telephone line 122 and 070022553772 for prompt response even as the FRSC Corps Marshal also wishes  all road users crash-free Sallah celebrations,” he said.