The Federal Road Safety in north central Nigeria’s Plateau State has said road traffic crashes claimed 43 lives in the State in the last nine months.
Mr. Ibrahim Saddiq, the Acting Sector Commander in the State disclosed this at the flag off of the 2019 Ember Months campaign on Thursday.
According to Saddiq, 600 persons sustain various degrees of injuries from the 173 road traffic crashes recorded in the period under review.
“Between January and September, the command recorded 173 crashes with 1134 persons involved.
“34 people lost their lives, 600 sustained various degrees of injuries, while 491 were rescued unhurt,” he said.
Saddiq explained that the ember month’s sensitisation and special patrols is aimed at ensuring that road traffic crashes does not lead to death or serious injury.
He explained that the focus of the campaign would be on creating awareness on speed limit device violation, overloading, use of worn-out tyres, and light violation.
Others he said include, use of phone while driving, seatbelt violation, route violation and lane indiscipline, among others
“The Command has also mapped out strategies to enhance effective operation during this period across the state till January 2020.
“Some of strategies include, motor park rallies, sensitisations at worship centres, town hall meetings, early morning cry, Mobile Courts and traffic control, among others,” he said.
He commander called on motorists in the State to support the command in its bid to ensure a safe motoring environment for all, particularly during the ember months
Our correspondent reports that drivers were sensitised on the effect of drugs abuse.
The 2019 emeber months campaign has the theme “Road Safety is a State of Mind, Road Traffic Crash is Absence of Mind; Stay Alert, Stay Alive”, Sky News Africa reports.