‘Patronize trains to reduce road Pressure in ember months’- FRSC
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in its nationwide ’ember’ months campaign with the theme; ‘Drive Safe and Stay Safe’, has enjoined motorists to cooperate in making travels unique and crash free by adhering strictly to road traffic regulations.
FRSC Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi advised that “road traffic crashes are avoidable and road crash free society is possible when best road practices are applied”.
Oyeyemi also warned that all travelling protocols for COVID-19 must be strictly adhered too, noting that the enforcement on 50% carrying capacity for all vehicles targeted at creating adequate physical distancing is still in place, and the Corps will not spare any fleet operator caught violating this directives.
“Terminals and parks are expected to double up their efforts in providing adequate running water with soap and sanitisers in their parks and terminals. While maintaining physical distancing, all vehicles must have sanitisers inside them and avoid as much as possible, the use of air conditioner among others”
Oyeyemi admonished travelers to take caution when choosing the vehicles to board especially for long distance trips he advised that they “patronise safe and secure mass transit companies that have been duly certified to operate. This is to make room for redundancy plans in the event of vehicle breakdown. “
“Night trips are not as safe as day trips and travellers must try as much as possible to plan their trips within the hours of the day because of visibility and fatigue factors on the side of the driver”, he added.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, Debunked the myth that the last four months of the year commonly referred to as ’ember months’ are hazardous for motorists, adding that “it is very possible to drive without involving in a crash as long as motorists obey and adhere strictly to traffic laws and ensure constant maintenance of their vehicles”
Kazeem advised commuters to maximise alternative means of transportation “by patronising the train stations which have been made available, as this will drastically reduce the pressure on the road transportation sector”
He further admonished family and friends to plan and travel in phases, so as to avoid cluster of traffic during the ember months.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command, has impounded 150 vehicles and prosecuted 47 persons during a special patrol in August code name – Operation Scorpion II.
FRSC Sector Commander Chukwurah Uche, during the inauguration of Operation Scorpion III in the state on Monday said “the essence of this Operation Scorpion III and subsequent Scorpion operation is to make sure we wipeout the issue of falling of containers on our roads. ’’
The sector commander urged all motorists to drive to stay alive, saying “life has no duplicate, adding that the operation would not end with Operation Scorpion III, but that the operation would continue until everybody complied with the rules