Road crashes claim 96 lives in Kwara

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Kwara State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said yesterday that about 72 road crashes were recorded in September and October.

FRSC added that the accidents led to the death of no fewer than 96 people on major roads.

The corps said that wrong attitude and bad orientation among motorists were the major causes of crashes in the country.

FRSC Sector Commander Jonathan Owoade told reporters in Ilorin on the sidelines of events commemorating road traffic crash victims’ day.

He listed impatience, wrongful overtaking, night driving, use of phones while driving and over speeding as causes of major accidents on Kwara roads.

The FRSC boss said that Nigerians obeyed traffic rules and regulations outside the country.

He lamented that they disobeyed traffic laws that discouraged carnage and encouraged road safety on Nigerian roads.

Said he: “Crashes do not happen on their own. They are caused by our wrong attitude and wrong perception among drivers most of the time. People should give right of way, even when another driver has taken wrong way. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Most people who claim right are in grave yards.

“However, the enforcement of right attitude is made difficult by some offenders who say I have a super brother. I’m connected. That attitude informed wrong attitude to traffic rules among some drivers. If people are made to face the wrath of the law, accidents will be reduced. Like when you arrest some offenders, you will then be receiving calls from high places and prominent personalities seeking assistance. That’s not encouraging.

“We encourage people to reduce speed to 30 kilometre per hour in build-up areas and in the town to avoid knock down and ensure proper traffic management. We have had occasions where people knock down school children, cyclists, etc. It’s easier and safer to manoeuvre vehicles to a stop when on low speed.

“We should plan our journey ahead of time and not be in a hurry, because one may not expect what can confront one on the journey. Those who are in a hurry either land in hospital and become vegetable thereafter or no more. We should take life easy. Easy does it.”

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