As part of efforts to ensure accident-free yuletide, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, said it will today flag-off aerial traffic surveillance to patrol major highways across the country.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja, also said a total of 36,000 officers have been deployed nationwide for maintenance of effective safe road culture among motorists during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“During this operation, the Corps will once more rely on the robust partnership with the Nigeria Air Force, NAF, for aerial traffic surveillance. This segment of the operation will be flagged off tomorrow 24 December, 2015 at the Domestic Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“As usual, a total manpower of 36,000 will be in action. This figure includes those at the national headquarters who have been duly mobilized and are already reporting at their various stations.
“In addition, the Deputy Corps Marshals and Assistant Corps Marshals have been relocated to marshal operations along the nation’s road corridors, with a Situation Office to operate 24/7 alongside the call centre,” he said.
He added that the Corps Social Media have been fully deployed to make information flow much easier, assuring that interaction with the Corps on the various medium will be robust.
He warned would-be deviants that the Corps will not tolerate anything short of conformity to road traffic regulations, stressing that “it is through this that each person can drive to save a life and make the nation enjoyable and fulfilling for all.”
According to the FRSC boss, those with negative mind-set should be ready to interface with the numerous Mobile Courts that will be in place along all Corridors, adding that justice will sort them out.
He said that at the end of the 2014/2015 ‘ember’ months operations, the Corps was able to reduce crashes by about 39% and fatality by 21% at the background of the 2014/2015 operations outcome.
Also, speed related crashes which stood at about 45% of all causal factors were reduced by about 25% within the same period.
According to Oyeyemi, modest achievements were recorded due to the steadfastness of the well over 30,000 personnel deployed as well as the collaboration with the military and sister law enforcement agencies.

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