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Lockdown : 11 killed, 44 injured in Ogun road accidents

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The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) has said that 11 persons died while 44 others sustained injuries in various road crashes in the state  since the commencement of lockdown between April 4 and May 8.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi,  the Public Relations Officer of the agency disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday. 

Akinbiyi explained that during the period,  41 road crashes involving 15 private cars, 11 private buses, 18 commercial cars, 2 motorcycles, 12 commercial buses, 4 medium trucks and 5 heavy trucks were recorded. 

He added that out of the reported 41 crashes , eight  of them were fatal , 20 serious crashes while the remaining 13 were minor crashes. 

“During this period 212 persons were involved in road traffic crashes, out of which 44 persons (30 males, 14 females) sustained various degrees of injuries, 11persons (10 adult males, 1 female child) killed and 157 persons were rescued unhurt.

“46.31 per cent of the crashes was caused by excessive speed, 24.40 per cent  by dangerous driving, 8.64 per cent  by bad tyres, 7.28 per cent  by driving against traffic and 13.37 per cent  by other causes. 

“The above report was witnessed by TRACE Corps in areas covered only,” he said .

The TRACE spokesman stated that the command  had apprehended 345 road traffic offenders throughout the state during the ongoing COVID- 19 lockdown ordered by the Federal and Ogun State Government.

He said that the TRACE Corps also turned back a total of 972 vehicles at various border towns in the state  during the ongoing lockdown.

Akinbiyi reiterated that the  resolve to reduce deaths and injuries on all roads in the state was being pursued vigorously and relentlessly such that no traffic offender shall go unpunished. 

He said that the TRACE Corps Commander, Seni Ogunyemi appreciated the unflinching support of the Traffic Whistle Blowers throughout the state for their prompt information whenever there was  any crash on the roads.

He appealed to the motoring public to obey all traffic rules as well as stay at home order and remember that safety remained  the responsibility of all road users.

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