The Federal Road Safety Corps Unit Commander in Alimosho, Lagos, Mrs. Chiwendu Iwuoha, has called on drivers to exercise caution as they travel this yuletide season to prevent road crashes.
Chiwendu spoke while fielding questions from Safety Record Newspaper on her message to motorists during the ‘ember’ month season.
She explained that research has shown that the use of drugs and mobile phones, failure to use seat belt, among others, have become agents of death to many and have led a lot more to permanent disability.
“The road does not even recognise a chief executive,” she noted, saying that anyone could be a victim of road crash.
In her words, “As the year comes to an end, our goal is to reduce road crashes significantly, and we will continue in the campaign to ensure safety of our stakeholders and make meaningful contributions to preserve lives of Nigerians.”
She charged law-enforcement agents in charge of road safety to be committed and firm in discharging their duties without fear or favour.
Also speaking on Speed Limiting Device (SLD), she said the corps has been giving adequate information to the public, especially motorists, on the advantage of the device and urged drivers to install it to save lives.
Chiwendu added, “Drivers should not give excuse that it is expensive as the cost of the device cannot be compared to the worth of their lives.”
Commenting on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway tanker fire incident which caused about 15-hour gridlock recently, the Unit Commander said preliminary investigations revealed that the accidents was caused by speeding.
She urged road users and especially articulated truck drivers to avoid speeding and adhere to traffic safety regulations to forestall avoidable disasters especially when embarking on long distance travel.