The Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun on Tuesday, said that 163 persons died during various road accidents across the state between January and September.
Mr Babatunde Ajayi, the Director, Traffic Planning, Research and Statistics, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
He noted that 527 crashes involving 134 private cars, 93 private buses, 213 commercial cars, 32 motorcycles, five tricycles, 143 commercial bus, 113 medium trucks, 102 heavy trucks were recorded during the period.
Ajayi explained that 3,702 persons were involved in the various crashes , out of which 817 people (513 males, 304 females) sustained various degrees of injuries.
He added that 163 persons(123 males, 40 females) died while 2,722 people were rescued unhurt due to prompt response to 416 emergency calls received by TRACE Corps.
“49.18 per cent of the accidents was caused by excessive speed, 21.09 per cent by dangerous driving, 10.38 per cent by bad tyres, 4.16 per cent by driving against traffic and 15.19 per cent by other causes.
“Furthermore , 2,367 motor vehicles and 1,331 Motorcycles were apprehended for 5,488 offences. The above report was witnessed by TRACE Corps in areas covered only,” he said.
He stated that the resolve to reduce deaths and injuries on all roads in Ogun was being pursued vigorously and relentlessly such that no traffic offender would go unpunished.
He added that TRACE Corps Commander/CEO , Seni Ogunyemi, appreciated the unflinching support of the Traffic Whistle Blowers throughout the state for their ever prompt information whenever there was any crash on the roads.
“TRACE Corps is hereby appealing to the motoring public to obey all traffic rules and remember that safety is the responsibility of all road users,” he said.