The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has declared that though the Corps’ success in crash reduction between January and August 2016 is an improvement of the figures recorded between the same period last year, figures of crashes and road incidents are unacceptable and must be brought down significantly.
Oyeyemi said the analysis of road traffic crashes and other incidents showed that from January to August 2015, a total of 5,953 crashes were recorded involving 39,119 people in which 3,233 of them died and 17,189 others were rescued alive. However, within the same period in 2016, 5,707 crashes were recorded involving 38,222 people out of which 3,048 died and 17,446 others were rescued alive.
The Corps Marshal said: “between January to August 2015, the Corps apprehended 339,551 offenders for 376.391 offences compared to 421,816 in the same respects, in 2016.”
He however maintained that the Corps’s interest is free – will compliance to road traffic laws and regulations, and does not consider the upsurge in arrest as a positive.
Only last week, the Corps deployed 20,000 personnel, 697 patrol vehicles, 283 motorbikes, 76 ambulances and 22 tow trucks for the just-concluded Sallah Special Patrol.