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Yuletide: FRSC harps on safe-driving culture to ensure zero crash, zero fatality

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Yuletide: FRSC harps on safe-driving culture to ensure zero crash, zero fatality

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Akure, Nov.14, 2019 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo State on Thursday stressed the need for motorists to adhere to safe-driving culture to prevent accidents on the highway during the forthcoming yuletide.

The Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Mr Rotimi Adeleye, made the call at a news conference as part of activities to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Accidents in Akure.

Nigeria News Agency reports that 2019 United Nations’ Road Crash Victims Remembrance Day’s theme is: “Life is not a Car Part”.

Adeleye explained that the news conference was aimed at showcasing the event that would generate consciousness on road safety among the motorists and other road users who should always adopt preventive measures.

The sector commander said that if motorists followed the rules and regulations of traffic on the highway zero crashes and zero fatalities could be achieved.

According to him, motorists should always adhere to safe-driving principles while on the move.

“This is because you don’t need road safety to be on the road before you do the right thing; we need attitudinal change so that everybody, whether road safety is on highway or not, we do a right thing.

“We are so much in a hurry to do things we have not done since nine or 10 months especially as we are approaching end of the year.

“Zero crashes is possible but it depends on the mindset of the motorists that ply the road.

“Let us take it easy so that even if there are going to be crashes let us have zero fatality because life is no car part,” he said.

He also called on religious leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other major stakeholders to join forces with the FRSC against the menace of road accidents across the state.

Adeleye also charged his officers and men to resist the temptation of compromising their roles by taking bribe from traffic offenders on the highway.

“We are conscious that we have some of our men who are uncivilised in terms of the way they approach offenders and we are working towards it to ensure that we correct them.

“In terms of taking bribe or compromising, I always tell our officers and men that any money taken on highway is blood money.

“When you take money on the highway, you are taking the money to compromise the safety of that person.

“Taking money from someone that is speeding means that you are giving him a liberty to continue speeding and giving him a liberty to go and crash.

“So, it should dawn on you, you may not be there when the crash happens but you have encouraged him to cause that crash.

“So, it’s blood money and blood money does not last,” he maintained.

Edited by Shittu Obassa/Donald Ugwu

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