18 November 2012

Nigeria: FCT Command Records 366 Deaths in 10 Months - FRSC

Drunk-driving and over-speeding have been identified as the major causes of road accidents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to figures made available to LEADERSHIP SUNDAY by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), 366 people died in road accidents in the FCT between January and October 2012.

This translates to 36 deaths per month for the period under review.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Joshua Falona, who disclosed this to LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, said most of the accidents occurred at nights and during the weekends, and blamed the situation on drunk driving.

According to him, the command recorded 1,345 accidents in the last 10 months with 3,369 persons involved, of which 3003 sustained serious injuries while 366 died.

He hinted further that most of the accidents, which occurred along the Airport road involved drivers on long distance journeys such as Lagos-Enugu, and Port Harcourt-Abuja routes, noting that such drivers when tired, fall asleep and veered off the road.

On the nature ofaccidents in the FCT, the FRSC chief said the accidents are often very serious assome vehicles would tumbleand the occupants would either die or sustain injuries.

He explained that FRSC had stationed ambulances at strategic locations in the FCT and embarked on programmes to enlighten the drivers and demystify the ember months' syndrome.

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