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Accidents claim 109 lives in Ogun in 8 months

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Mr Seni Ogunyemi,  the Corps Commander,  Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) ,on Thursday, said that road traffic accidents claimed 109 lives along Ogun State corridors between January and August.Ogunyemi disclosed this while speaking to newsmen at the sideline during the 5th Annual TRACE Corps Commanders’ Conference held in Abeokuta.The corps commander added that 450 people were injured in the various traffic crashes during the period under review.He explained that most of the accidents were caused by human errors,  saying that excessive speeding,  wrongful overtaking,  tyre burst,  reckless driving were responsible for most of the accidents.He stated that the command would continue to intensify efforts on enlightenment,  sensitisation and education of motorists as well as bringing more public participation into the safety drive through TRACE traffic whistle blower initiatives.He commended the state government for donating one Nissan Frontier van,  15 patrol motorbikes, 30 crash helmets and refurbishing three heavy duty tow trucks belonging to the command.” We will continue to improve and increase public safety consciousness, awareness and behavioural pattern of road users, improve access to commerce and industry to drive the state economy, ensure prompt removal of abandoned vehicles from  the road, ” he said.In his remark ,  the State governor,  Dapo Abiodun, said there was need for TRACE to be further equipped , saying that more personnel and staff should be deployed to TRACE so that they could  be more effective in the discharge of their duties.The governor,  represented by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Gbenga Dairo,  said that the state government recognised the challenges of TRACE , saying that it would be adequately looked into.“There is a new transportation law we are developing within the state ,  the law will also place attention to the activities of TRACE as an organisation.“In future,  transportation in the state will no longer be uni-dimensional but we are considering multi-model transportation system within the state which  would also require that we have a team of people who would oversee compliance of traffic and enforcement of rules and regulations.“So , the role of TRACE will go beyond road transportation,” he said.The governor added that the state government would ensure that transport users in state , commuters and drivers moved around in a safe environment.

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