Federal Road Safety Corps has described as unfortunate the tragic car crash that claimed the lives of 19 travellers along the Bagauda Law School, on the Kano-Zaria expressway.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, in a statement released on Saturday, mourned the victims as he commiserated with their respective families.
A total of 45 passengers were involved in the crash between two Toyota busses with the following registration details KBT 152 XA and NSR 275 ZX on Thursday.
While at least 26 others sustained several injuries during the accident, the 19 who lost their lives comprised of 15 male adults and 4 female adults were killed, according to the FRSC.
Speaking further in the statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, Oyeyemi lamented that the accident could have been avoided, citing speed limit violation.
The Corps Marshal ordered Commanding Officers to with immediate effect, step up enforcement on the installation of speed limiting devices by commercial vehicle operators nationwide.
According to him, the order is to further intensify the implementation of the Presidential directives of 2016 on all-round enforcement on the compulsory installation of speed limiting devices by commercial vehicles across board.
Oyeyemi further revealed that one of the force's goals in 2022 is to ensure an end to speed-related crashes hence the urgent need to clamp down on commercial vehicles that refuse to comply with the policy on the installation of speed limiting devices.
According to him, "most of these crashes are highly avoidable, only that most drivers and other road users do not harken to the training, sensitisation, and enlightenment programmes that the Corps has continually put in place to mitigate road mishap.
"As the lead Agency in road safety administration and traffic management, we shall continue to strategically deploy the combination of operational and public education tools and personnel to ensure that road users are properly enlightened and checkmated for the safety of all," he added.
The Corps Marshal, therefore, called on all road users to religiously adhere at all times to all established traffic rules.