Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has disclosed that about 115 road traffic crashes were recorded during the nationwide last Easter special patrol which lasted from 1st -8th April, 2015, translating to 17 percent reduction when compared to last year’s figure of 139, within the same period.
This disclosure was made by the Corps Commander, Corps Public Education Officer, Imoh Etuk, while presenting an update on the Corps’ activities during this year’s Easter festive season.
According to him, the FRSC also recorded 25 percent reduction in the number of vehicles involved in road traffic crashes within this period, which stood at 172, in comparison with 230 vehicles in 2014 while 13 percent reduction was also recorded in number of people involved in road traffic crashes in 2015 with 885 persons as against the 2014 figure of 1,012.
Details of the 2015 fatality figures indicate that while 85 deaths were recorded in 2015, the 2014 Easter patrols posted 80 deaths, translating to 5 percent increase. On injuries, 463 casualties were recorded this year while 451 persons were injured in 2014, representing 3 percent increase.
On mobile courts, the Corps Public Education Officer also disclosed that the FRSC arraigned 23 traffic offenders out of which 20 offenders were convicted while 1,388 offenders were arrested for contravening 8,625 traffic-related offences during the 2015 festive season.
Speaking further on traffic offences, Etuk disclosed that non-use of seat belts by motorists was most prevalent with 2,194 offences, followed by riding without safety helmet, 1,013 and tyre violation accounting for 1,040 offences.
Similarly, speed limit violation accounted for most of the road traffic crashes during the exercise with 44 cases, followed by loss of control with 29 and wrongful overtaking accounting for 12 road traffic crashes.
Reacting to the reduced figures in road crashes and traffic offenders, Corps Commander Etuk recalled that; “it is a fall-out of the Corps’ massive deployment of personnel and logistics along critical corridors based on intelligence derived from 2014 special operations.”
He also informed that, “455 patrol vehicles, 66 Ambulances, 102 motorbikes, 12 tow trucks and over 34,000 personnel were deployed during the Easter patrol, in addition to robust public enlightenment campaigns.
The Corps Public Education Officer also stated that the FRSC received improved collaboration from relevant stakeholders during the nationwide exercise and appealed to road users to ensure strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations, in addition to proper maintenance of their vehicles.

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