The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kebbi State has unveiled plans to work with traditional and religious leaders in a bid to check road crashes in the sate.
The Corps’ Sector Commander in the state, Mr Abayomi Asaniyan, said this to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi, in an event to commemorate the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week and West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO).
Safety Record can report that the 2019 UN Global Road Safety Week holds from May 6 – 12.
Asaniyan said that the Kebbi Command of the FRSC will go a tour of motor parks, churches, and mosques, among others throughout the week.
“The aim is to promote awareness on ways to make the road safe for all users, which is one of the objectives of the UN Global Road Safety Week.
“Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people, aged between five years and 29 years.
“This is an unacceptable price to pay for mobility. Whether we travel as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or drivers, all of us as parents, students, employees, volunteers and concerned citizens, can be leaders for road safety.
“When the right to a safe journey is a priority, everybody wins,” Asaniyan said.
While explaining that the Road Safety Week was geared towards educating road users on traffic rules and regulations, he highlighted the importance of these leaders, sighting their close proximity to the people.
Asaniyan added, “In spite of the reduction of road accidents from 74.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2018, we will still not relent in our effort at ensuring that the carnage is reduced to the barest minimum.
“To achieve that, a holistic approach to reduce the menace will be adopted where the traditional and religious leaders will be engaged, to bring ideas on how to reduce road accidents in the state.”