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FRSC will sustain efforts to further reduce auto crashes on highways- Official

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will sustain its efforts to further reduce auto crashes on the highways across the country.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, Lagos State Sector Commander of the FRSC, made the assertion at an awareness programme to commemorate the 2019 Africa Road Safety Organisation (WARSO) Day at ACHAN Motor Park, Airport Road, Lagos.

Omeje, represented by Mr Olalekan Morakinyo, the Sector Deputy Corps Commander (DCC) in charge of Operations, said: “Our principal aim is to reduce it to the barest minimum.

“Crashes always occur suddenly, and it effects are enormous.

“That is why we are working hard to ensure that people are no more dying on the roads as a result of accidents.”

He said that the corps, in its three decades of unbroken services in traffic management, had recorded tremendous achievements.

“FRSC has recorded tremendous achievements in the area of traffic engineering, road safety administration, traffic management and crash reductions.

“The corps has now come of age after going through good time and tides in its 30 years journey; it recorded for instance, a commendable 62.4 per cent reduction in auto crashes.

“The reduction from 40,881 in 1976 to 25,792 within its first operational year alone.

“In this regard, it is instructive to state that the corps has doggedly fought road traffic crashes from the unacceptable 40,881in 1976 to 5,993 in 2016 and 4,418 in 2017.

“The statistics show that the corps is gaining grounds accordingly,” Omeje said.

According to him, the corps through the use of information technology facilities, has been able to enhance its operational capacity aimed at promoting public safety and security.

The FRSC chief said that in compliance with the ease of doing business, the corps has over three decades designed and operated 24 web applications for its operational activities.

He said that such development would create an accessible platform for the public.

Omeje said that some of the applications covered the Uniform Licencing Scheme, under ‘One Driver one Record’ which enable FRSC to track records of drivers with their driver’s licences, number plates, traffic offences and others in a single view.

He urged stakeholders and transporters to treat safety on the roads with seriousness it deserves for the benefit of the people.

Omeje urged stakeholders to invest in data and evidenced-based measures to shape policy for vehicles standard, road designs, Law Enforcement and Road Safety Education and Awareness.

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