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159 killed, 1,572 injured in 850 FCT crashes in 11 months – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Saturday said a total of 850 road traffic crashes were recorded in the FCT resulting in 159 deaths and 1,572 injuries between January and November.

 

The Sector Commander, RS7.1 Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Oga Ochi, disclosed this at the 2021 Special Marshal Sectorial Workshop in Abuja. The theme of the workshop is, “Volunteerism beyond Ember Months: the Role of Special Marshals in Combating Road Traffic Crashes”. Ochi identified exceeding the speed limit as one of the major challenges confronting road users in the FCT due to a number of good roads within the territory.

 

He said the road users often took advantage of the good roads and tended to `over’ speed, adding that 75 per cent of the crashes were as a result of over speeding. He said: “Between January and Nov. 19, 2021, a total of 850 road traffic crashes (RTC) was recorded in the FCT resulting in 159 deaths and 1572 injuries. “This trend if not quickly addressed and reversed could constitute a major impediment to the economic growth of FCT.

 

“The giant challenges occasioned by increasing rate of RTCs are the lack of obedience to traffic rules, impatience on the part of road users and relative lack of acknowledge of road code.

 

“The tasks of reversing the trend as contained in the decade of action for Road Safety 2021- 2030 required that Special Marshals must brace up to greater performance beyond Ember Months Campaign.

 

“We must take advantage of the conducive environment created by the able leadership of the Corps and FCT to maximize our service delivery to road users in the FCT.”

 

Ochi urged all Special Marshals to use the workshop as a time to reflect on past and present strategies with the aim of achieving ‘zero road death’. He commended the Special Marshals for their tremendous impact on all forms of road safety activities in the FCT.

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