The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC says it recorded 47 deaths and 307 injuries in 75 auto road traffic crashes that occurred in Gombe State Sector Command between January and June 2015.
The state Sector Commander, Ayobami Omiyale said figures reflecting a reduction 33% on death, 19.4% on injures and 20% on crashes was an improvement on that of 2014 figures when 70 deaths and 381 injuries in 92 accidents recorded within the same period.
He said the previous year’s higher figures were probably higher because of the influx of people, increased number of vehicles and probably more money in circulation among others.
Omiyale who was commenting on the Command’s preparedness for Sallah celebration said the Sector Command equally recorded five road accidents and ten injuries with two mishaps and five injuries during 2013 and 2014 sallah periods while praying and hoping this year’s would be crash-free.
He said FRSC nationwide had code-named this year’s special patrol Operation Eid-el-Fitr and that it commenced in Gombe state Wednesday.
He said dangerous driving, over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, overloading, underage driving, dangerous overtaking, driving without seat belt, driving with forged documents and driving mechanically deficient vehicles had been areas of focus.
He said they acquired and use breathalyzers to test breath and detect moatorists driving under the influence of alcohol as well as radar guns to detect over speed.
He said Gombe state Sector Command was carrying out the operations with 510 officials consisting 60 Special Marshals and 450 FRSC staff made up of 120 officers and 330 regular marshals.
He called on motorists and motorcyclists to continually ensure their vehicles are in proper and functional state, particularly the brakes, horns and lighting systems as well as wipers in the case of vehicles.
He also urged them to be brothers’ keepers on the road by ensuring safety of those at the risk of accidents.
He said road all users must always eschew everything and anything that could lead accident and adding that should not infringe on the freedom of other road users.