No fewer than 194 persons lost their lives on the roads nationwide in 2012 due to over speeding says corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC) Mr. Osita Chidoka.
The Corps Marshall who disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday described the situation as worrisome, saying that men and officials have been placed on some strategic locations to forestall the death of innocent Nigerians.
Chidoka who stopped over in Lokoja in the course of the aerial monitoring of traffic situation on Lokoja-Abuja highway and other major roads appealed to motorists to reduce their speed and obey traffic regulations so as to reduce carnage during the festive periods.
He expressed delight over the free flow of traffic on Abuja-Lokoja-Okene highways, attributing the success to the activities of his men and other security agencies and the improvement in road conditions across the country. He urged motorists to be mindful of road regulations, warning that acts of phoning while driving and drunk driving, over-speeding, overloading and seat belt violation would be visited with severe punishment.
The State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Mohammed Garba commended the Federal Government for the timely repair of a section of Lokoja-Abuja road which was washed away in the recent flood disaster, saying that the action contributed immensely to the free flow of traffic being experienced on the road now.
He also stated that enough men and vehicles had been deployed to strategic points in the state, saying that the current level of patrol would be sustained till mid-January.
Garba was also full of praises for other security agencies and the Red Cross that are partnering with the FRSC to ensure free flow of traffic during this period, saying that the collaboration was good for the people.