The Federal Road Safety Commission has called for the cooperation of the members of the public, particularly road users, to shun traffic offences including, overspeeding, this Easter period.
WuzupNigeria reported that the Federal Government on Tuesday declared Friday and Monday as public holidays to celebrate Easter.
As such the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed the deployment of 25,224 Corps Operatives (Regular and Special Marshals) to effectively cover 29 critical Corridors during the Easter Special Patrol which is expected to commence from 13 to 20 April 2022.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the FRSC on Wednesday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem.
The FRSC spokesperson noted that the move is in a bid to ensure free flow of traffic and also trend down road traffic fatalities by 15 per cent.
Accordingly, a total of 580 patrol vehicles, 92 ambulances, 17 tow trucks and 73 motorbikes are being deployed as part of the patrol logistics. In addition, 2096 reflective jackets, 1,000 traffic cones, 73 tyre pressure gauges, a number of extricating machines and digital breathalyzers are part of the tools set aside for the special operations.
"In addition, the Corps Marshal also directed Commanding Officers to swing into action by combining the engagement of the motoring public through purposeful and impactful public education programmes, strengthened surveillance activities to regulate unprofessional excesses, sustained effective patrol operations as well as adequate monitoring on the highways.
"Further to that, all Commanding Officers have equally been directed to step up patrol operations and ensure strict enforcement of critical offences like overloading, driving rickety vehicles, excessive smoke emission, Speed Limit Violations, Overloading Violations, Tyre violations, light signs violations including directional lights headlights, backlight and brake light, among others."
The spokesperson quoted the Corps Marshal as saying; "We are very conscious of the fact that FRSC alone cannot shoulder the responsibilities of ensuring safer road environments, I have directed Commanding Officers to liaise with other strategic stakeholders within their operational areas for the needed moral and logistics as well as security support.
"I am also convinced and have confidence in the disposition, crop and quality of personnel and logistics that have been deployed to ensure the safety of travellers during the Easter celebration. However, it is also expedient to state without mincing words that the Corps will not be able to achieve the desired result that would make trips safer for all of the cooperation of the motoring public is not in place”.
Oyeyemi urged the entire community of road users to give the Corps maximum support and cooperation by complying with all safety measures and abiding by all established traffic laws so that incidences of road traffic crashes could be drastically minimized.
He further advised that in situations of emergency, the 122 toll-free number and the National Traffic Radio live lines: 08052998090, 09067000015, and 08052998012 are viable means to reach FRSC to report Traffic situations anywhere in the country for a swift response.