The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday said that at least 54 persons lost their lives in various road crashes around Sagamu axis in Ogun between January and October.
Taofiq Iyanda, Sagamu Unit Commander of FRSC, disclosed this during the 2019 “Ember Months Campaign” held at Isale Oko motor park in Sagamu .
Iyanda noted that within the Sagamu corridor, 104 road traffic crashes were recorded and it involved 143 vehicles, saying that 897 persons were involved and 329 persons sustained injuries during the period under review.
The unit commander explained that the increase in travels and passengers during December period had over the years resulted in higher number of crashes and associated injuries .
“Driver tend to overload their vehicles by carrying more than the permitted number of passengers and excessive goods and luggage, commercial drivers also engaged in excessive speed to make more trips.
“These are traffic offences that happen during the ember months up to early January,” he said.
Iyanda advised motorists to put their vehicles in proper condition before embarking on any trips.
He stated that the Sagamu command had made arrangements to deploy regular and special marshals as well as patrol vehicles, ambulances and power bikes along major corridors.
In his remark, Kehinde Hamzat, Lagos /Ibadan Expressway Corridor Commander advised commercial vehicle drivers to always obey traffic rules and regulations.
Hamzat added that motorists should also observed the 50km/h speed limits especially at construction zones.
In his submission, Mr Clement Oladele , Ogun FRSC Sector Commander, urged drivers to always concentrate while using the roads.
He stated that FRSC would mount 24 hours surveillance during the festive period, urging motorists to bear with the inconveniences at diversion areas and also drive in accordance with traffic regulations.
The Zonal Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Olalekan Folarin, urged his members to digest all the messages from the campaign.
Folarin also advised his members to exercise full concentration while driving and avoid distractions, saying that lives of both drivers and passengers were important.