FRSC says phones, over-speeding are major causes of road accidents

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 2nd, 2014

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has attributed most road crashes in the country to the use of cell phones while driving.

The Sector Commander of the corps in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Musa Yerima stated this yesterday in Uyo in an interview with newsmen.

He said Corps recorded 14 deaths and 22 road crashes between January and June in the state and that the use of cell phones was a major cause.

His words: “The predominant risk factors attributed to Akwa Ibom State are speed limit violation and dangerous driving, which is a very important factor that we are campaigning against.

“We have fashioned out strategies on how to minimize road crashes in the state especially now that we are in the peak of raining season.”

The command, he noted, has been campaigning for the need of speed limit devices to be installed in all commercial vehicles in the state as measure to check over-speeding by drivers.

Yerima added that public enlightenment campaigns across all motor parks were ongoing and that vehicle road worthiness-check will soon commence.

He appealed to the Federal Government to urgently rehabilitate the Abak Ikot Ekpene-Itu-Calabar Road, describing it as one of the worst routes in the state.

The official further cautioned all drivers to be careful. “No matter how bad the road is, the consciousness of the driver is very important because it will influence his decisions at the end of the day.”

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