The Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun says 262 persons have died in different road traffic crashes across the state between January and August.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, disclosed this during the third quarter retreat of Ogun Sector Command held at the command’s office, Abeokuta.
The programme is themed : “Road Audit And Crash Investigation: A Panacea For Traffic Compliance In Ogun State” .
Oladele decried the high level of road crashes in the state, saying that over 1,434 people were injured out of 530 crashes recorded in same period.
He noted that the effort of the corps was to ensure a drastic reduction to road crashes in the state , saying those who died everyday in road accident were those who were supposed to contribute to National development.
The sector commander attributed most causes of road accidents to poor violation of traffic rules by drivers.
He said that construction areas where rehabilitation of roads and other construction were on going were major points where the crashes often occured.
“We are concern, we noticed that most of the deaths recorded happened at construction zones, areas where constructions are taking place.
“Because of the increase in road accident, we are now looking at crash investigation, that is, for every crash there must be a reason behind it, we will investigate and look at the reasons behind it then we wait to see how we can prevent it from happening again.
“What we want to tell members of the public is that whenever there is crashes on the road, drivers should quickly corporate with our men to avoid traffic,” he said.
The Zonal Commanding Officer of the Corps, Samuel Obayemi , regretted that the increase in road crashes along the South/West corridor was becoming too alarming.
“The increase in crashes along our corridor is becoming so alarming and worrisome and there is need to come together to brainstorm on how we can reduce it.
“Particularly the crashes that normally occurred on Lagos / Ibadan expressway. We have deployed enough men to control traffic on the road to reduce crashes but what we are getting from members of the public is not encouraging,” he said.
He urged motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations.