By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday commenced an aggressive 2020 ember months road safety campaign to secure lives of road users during and after the festive period.
ACM Edwards Zamber, the Zonal Commanding Officer RS3 Yola, while flagging off the campaign at Owoniyi Motor Park in Jalingo noted that the exercise was a yearly tradition to remind motorists of the need to be safety conscious while celebrating.
Zamber, who is in charge of Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba states urged motor its to keep the theme of the 2020 campaign- ‘Drive Safe, Stay Safe’ in mind as they travel.
Earlier, Corps Commander Selina Williams, the Taraba Sector Commander of FRSC said the campaign was aimed at enhancing the thought process of all the stakeholders on safety especially drivers and passengers as the festive period approached.
“I feel honoured to address this gathering at 2020 ember months road safety campaign which is aimed at enhancing our thought processes especially as drivers and passengers as the year runs out.
“The timing is appropriate because of the expected rise in vehicular movements of passengers and goods to celebrate yuletide with loved ones which makes most motorists to violate approved speed limits and overload their vehicles to maximize profit.
“The consequences of such violations and numerous others lead to avoidable road crashes resulting to loss of lives and properties, thus turning the celebration into sorrow and anguish,” she said.
Williams named speed limit violation, overload violation, tyre violation, light sign violation, use of phones while driving, fatique, route violation and lane indiscipline as major causes of road crashes that must be avoided while driving.
She also advised motorists and passengers to abide by the COVID -19 protocol to prevent further spread of the disease as it was being advanced by the government and the media.
While commending Gov Darius Ishaku over the ongoing construction of fly over and road expansion in Jalingo, Williams appealed to the governor to reconstruct and expand the main motor park in the state and relocate markets along high ways to compliment the beauty of the city.