The Federal Road safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday, reiterated that the distractions caused by mobile phones while driving remained a growing concern for road safety on Nigeria roads.
Samuel Obayemi, FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer RS2. 2 in charge of Lagos and Ogun, stated this during the 1st quarter retreat of Ogun Sector Command held at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta.
The retreat was themed : “Minimizing the Risk of Death in Road Traffic Crashes in Ogun State : An Imperative for Highway Safety “.
Obayemi explained that drivers using mobile phones while driving were approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers not using mobile phones.
He noted that lives had been lost in different road accidents due to the use of mobile phones by drivers which resulted into loss of control.
He advised motorists to always obey FRSC officials and also obey traffic rules and regulations, saying that excessive speeding, alcohol, non use of seat belts were some of the factors responsible for accidents.
He said that the retreat was organised to intimate and educate the FRSC officers on what was needed to be done to improve its services to the public.
Also speaking, the Deputy Corps Commander , Operations, Ogun command, Adelaja Ogungbemi, noted that the retreat was meant to ensure that FRSC minimised the rate of road traffic crashes across the state.
Earlier, the zonal commanding officer paid a courtesy call on the Alake of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, where he intimated that paramount rulers played critical roles in road safety.
While responding, the Alake of Egba Land noted that most crashes occurred along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway especially at construction zones.
Oba Gbadebo maintained that it was important to allow trained officers of the FRSC to carry firearms so as to excesses of traffic violators attacking FRSC operatives while discharging their duties.