Posted by News Express | 2 April 2016 | 1,798 times
A total of 77 persons lost their lives and 358 persons were injured in over 90 road accidents across the country in six days, during the Easter period according to the FRSC.
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, released the statistics in Abuja on Friday.
He said these figures represent a 9% reduction in the deaths recorded over the same period in 2015, 23% reduction in the number of injured persons and 32% reduction in road accidents over the same period last year.
Urging Nigerians to exercise increased caution as the rainy season approaches, he said that the campaign for the use of rear seat belts as well as speed limits for commercial drivers are being intensified as these have impacted positively in the reduction of road accidents recorded so far.
Following the loss of a senior official of the commission who was killed during the Easter break, the Corps Marshal also threatened to press for criminal charges for further assault on officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
He said that they would henceforth involve the Police and the Justice Ministry to ensure maximum sentence for such assault against their men.
•Text courtesy of Channels TV. Photo shows Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi.
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