Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed 800 patrol vehicles and 100 ambulances across Nigeria to address possible traffic congestions during the ember months.
FRSC’s acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, said this on Wednesday in Kaduna State while flagging-off the 2022 Ember Months Enlightenment Campaign.
The theme of the campaign is: “Avoid Speeding, Overloading and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive.”
According to Biu, the Corps has also deployed 27 towing trucks and 83 motorbikes, reflective jackets, traffic crones, tyre pressure gauges, extricating machines and digital breathalyzers.
He explained that the equipment were part of the logistics set aside for patrol and special operations.
Biu added that, as part of the strategies, a total of 22 help areas had been set aside for the operation to ensure prompt removal of obstructions, death and injuries during the ember period.
The Acting Corps Marshal noted that the logistics were in addition to the various traffic control camps which would be dedicated to identifying the areas prone to traffic gridlock to be manned by personnel throughout the ember months.
He urged all commanding officers to step up patrol operations and ensure strict enforcement of critical offences, such as overloading, driving rickety vehicles, excessive smoke emission, speed limit violations, overloading and drunk driving, among others.
“We are conscious of the fact that FRSC alone cannot shoulder the responsibilities of ensuring safer road environment.
“The commission has directed commanding officers
to liaise with other strategic stakeholders within their operational areas for the needed moral and logistics as well as security support,” he said.
Biu said that FRSC was working assiduously to ensure significant shift in the attitude of motorists in 2022.
Earlier, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in the state, Godwin Omiko, explained that the ember months’ campaign was timely, particularly as it coincided with the kick-off of political campaigns across the country.
He called on road users to ensure strict adherence to traffic rules and regulations. nan.