The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Tuesday said that road traffic accidents claimed 217 lives between January and August within the state.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the state Sector Commander, disclosed this during the flag off of the Ember months campaign in the state held in Abeokuta .
Umar explained that the command recorded 547 road traffic crashes while it rescued over 1,338 persons during the period under review.
The sector commander noted that the state accommodated the busiest roads in the country.
He said that the high traffic on Lagos -Sagamu, Sagamu -Ijebu Ode -Ajebandeleand other expressways in the state made the state prone to high record of crashes and injuries.
Umar added that the enforcement of traffic regulations and public enlightenment against excessive speeding, overloading, route violation, use of worn out tyres and other offences were aimed at preventing crashes.
“Economic and social activities increase during Ember months , these activities make the roads busier and more prone to crashes and gridlock.
“FRSC’s Ember months operation is therefore aimed at minimising crashes and gridlocks along major corridors in the country,” he said.
The sector commander said that the command would continue to engage leadership of various transport unions to ensure compliance with traffic regulations and COVID -19 preventive protocols.
The FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Lagos and Ogun, Imoh Etuk, advised drivers to always obey traffic rules and regulations in order to avoid crashes.
Etuk appealed to drivers to avoid the intake of alcohol and hard drugs before embarking on any journey.
In his Goodwill message, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, said that the state government would do all it could to improve road transportation in the state.
The governor, represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Security, Olusola Zubair, commended FRSC for it’s efforts in managing traffic on the state highways.