By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zaria Unit Kaduna State has decried commercial drivers carrying passengers in their boots or sharing drivers’ seat with passengers.
Abubakar Murabus-Tata, Assistant Corps Commander in charge of Zaria Unit Command made the remarks in an interview with journalists in his office.
He said FRSC would not allow the practice of putting some passengers into booths of cars such as Volkswagen (Golf wagon) especially women who travel with children.
According to him, it is a bad practice for a driver to carry three to four passengers in the front seat and enjoined passengers to resist attempts by some drivers to overload their cars.
“In a situation where a driver overloads his car with passengers, he may find it difficult to control his car in the event of an accident,’’ he said.
He added that there was an incident where a passenger sharing seat with a driver stepped on the accelerator which led to an accident and caused death of passengers in the car.
Murabus-Tata said accident rates in the area were alarming and many of such accidents were avoidable if the drivers observed safety protocols.
“Safety is a collective responsibility of the passengers, drivers and the society at large”.
He said considering the movement of people due to the festivity around the corner and traders also carry farm produce from North to South, he called for more caution during the Yuletide.
The unit commander said they engaged several stakeholders to reduce accidents in the area but the efforts were drained by the attitude of some drivers who shun loading in motor parks.
He enjoined drivers to desist from using mobile phones while driving and called for a regular use of seat belt as a measure to reduce fatality during accidents.
While noting that Zaria to Kano Road records a high number of accidents due to high traffic on the road, he added that the Zaria to Jos road records significant increase on road accidents.
The Zonal Commander attributed the recent increase on road accidents along Zaria to Jos Road to over loading of cars with farm produce.
He said the Corps would strengthen its activities in the areas with a view to reducing accidents along the axis.
In related development, Mr Bello Nuhu, Zonal Area Commander, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Zaria, said the Corps would strengthen collaboration with other security agencies to beef up security to ensure a hitch free celebration in the zone.
Nuhu said the corps was working to curtail rape and other gender based violence within the zone.
He commended the chairman Sabon Gari Local Government for its new bye-law which regulates sale of alcohol and brothels in the local government area.
According him, the regulations by Sabon Gari Local Government’ Council has led to the closure of many liquor parlors and brothels which also helped to minimize criminal activities in the area.