Road Safety Corps has deployed 500 patrol vehicles, 50 Ambulances, 85 motorbikes, 15 tow trucks and over 20,000 personnel including special marshals, alongdesignated routes as part of measures to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways,during this year’s Eid-el-Fitri Sallah celebration from 3 – 10 July, 2016.This year’s nationwide exercise which is partial fulfilment of the Corps’ 2016strategic goals of reducing road crashes by 15% and fatality by 25%, has becomenecessary to ensure safer road use during the festive period, usually associatedwith high volume of vehicular traffic.The special patrol also entails intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strictenforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across thenation. In addition, the FRSC operatives will be deployed along designated Eidpraying grounds as part of measures to ensure free flow of traffic.oyeyemiPartofthisnationwideengagementplans,accordingtotheFRSCHead,MediaRelations and Strategy Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem, is massive deployment ofpersonnel and logistics along 23 designated critical corridors and black spots suchas Lokoja-Benin-Auchi, Abaji-Lokoja, Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-HawanKibo-Jos,Minna-Birnin-Kebbi-Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua-Zaria, Potiskum-Damaturu, Kabba highways and65 routes, identified for this exercise”.Similarly, the Corps’ 24 emergency ambulance response centres located atdesignated routes across the country in the FCT, Kaduna, Gombe, Jigawa, Taraba,Niger, Kogi, Ondo, Edo, Osun, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara states, will beoperational throughout the period. The FRSC will be complemented by relevantstakeholders such as the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security andCivil Defence Corps, National Emergency Management Agency and others.
Furthermore, the Corps Marshal has directed the removal of obstructions fromthe highways while efforts should be geared towards improved trafficcontrol/decongestion and public enlightenment campaigns through the distributionof safety handbills. Infractions such as use of cell phone while driving, worn-out/expired tyres, number and drivers’ license violation, speed limit violation,dangerous driving/overtaking, overloading/wrongful over taking and lane violationswill attract severe sanctions from the Corps.Motoristsarealsowarnedtoensurestrictcompliancewithalltrafficrulesandregulations and proper maintenance of their vehicles. Passengers are equallyenjoined to monitor their drivers on reckless driving, driving under the influence ofalcohol and other road vices.The Corps wishes to reiterate its appeal to the Nigerian motoring public to reportany road crash or traffic-related emergencies through calling the toll freetelephone line 122 and 070022553772 for prompt response even as the FRSCCorps Marshal also wishes all road users crash-free Sallah celebration
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