The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Enugu State, Ogbonnaya Kalu has cautioned motorists against placing children on their laps or in front seat of vehicles while driving.
He gave the warning at the inauguration of the National Road Safety Club Day in Enugu on Monday, May 27.
The event tagged ‘Creating Awareness of Road Safety on Young Children’ saw over 17 schools within the state in attendance.
Kalu seized the opportunity to also advise that children from ages 1-7 must sit in the rear seat with their seat belts properly strapped on while those below a year should sit backing the driver.
He added, “Do not allow children stick any part of their body out of the vehicle or allow them to sit in the baggage area of hatchbacks, station wagons or vans.
“While walking on the road, children should always face the traffic as well as use overhead or pedestrian bridges where they are provided to cross the road.’’
The sector commander also urged motorist to drive carefully while around schools, churches, mosques, markets, snack shops, ice cream stalls, parks and others places where children could frequently be found.
Furthermore, he urged drivers to use the child lock features in the car to avoid children from attempting opening the car doors while in motion.
A student of College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), Chidiebere Agu, who witnessed the first National Road Safety Club Day in Enugu said that he learnt a lot about road signs and their uses as well as road safety codes.