Thirty seven lives were lost to 43 road crashes in Akwa Ibom state in 2015, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has disclosed.
The State Sector Commander of the corps, Mrs. Cecelia Alao, who made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday explained that while 19 of the crashes were fatal, 13 were major with 11 considered minor.
The sector commander however said that there was a reduction in the number of road crashes in the state in the year under review as compared to 61 recorded in 2014.
She attributed the reduction to effective patrol by men and officers of the command and rigorous sensitization campaign carried out by the command especially during festive period.
“We brainstormed and strategized on our corporate goals in line with emerging traffic challenges to curb certain traffic issues coming up within that year.
“We had very robust tasking goals in 2015 among which was to ensure reduction in road traffic crashes which we have achieved very reasonably in Akwa Ibom state.
“In 2015 we have a cross reduction when compared to 2014, we recorded about 81 persons that were injured in 2015, as against 141 in 2014, we equally recorded though unfortunate, 37 deaths in 2015, as against 39 in 2014.” She explained.
She said that the predominant risk factors to road crashes in the state remained speed limit violation and dangerous driving while research had shown that about 53 per cent of road traffic crashes across the country was caused by over speeding.
He said the command has initiated campaigns against speed limit violation and dangerous driving in the state, in an attempt to reduce crashes on our road and would mount serious intervention this year to achieve zero tolerance to road crashes in the area.
She said that sensitization had commenced among stakeholders in the industry to get ready as the corps would ensure compliance on installation of speed limiting device with effect from April.

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