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Ember months: FRSC warns against night travels, overspeeding


The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned motorists against night travel and overspeeding, particularly during the ember months.

The FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, said in an interview on Thursday that while there is typically an increase in road traffic accidents during the ember months, this does not necessarily mean that RTCs are more likely to happen during this time period.

Kazeem attributed RTCs during the ember months to nighttime travel, exhaustion, and excessive speed. 

He said drivers often do not get enough rest before embarking on night trips and may be reluctant to stop and rest during the night due to security concerns. 

Night journey often comes with poor visibility and in most cases, the drivers do not observe adequate rest in the day time before embarking on the trips.

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“That is why the level of fatigue is on the rise and many would not park to get some rest because of security reasons. They force themselves on wheels and at the slightest distraction involved in road crashes.

“We also realised that poor vehicle maintenance is a contributory factor. So it goes to say that the factors responsible for the crashes are all human-induced.”

The FRSC spokesperson urged motorists to avoid night travel and overspeeding and to ensure their vehicles are properly maintained.