As part of measures to ensure sanity on the highways during this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps has commenced a nationwide special patrol tagged ‘Operation Barka da Sallah’ slated for 16 – 22 August, 2012.
This exercise which is in line with the Corps’ renewed determination to reduce the spate of road traffic crashes in the country by 60% at the end of the year, has also been designed to address the perennial rise in the violation of traffic rules and regulations especially during festive season.
According to the FRSC, the intensive special patrol is aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually associated with surge of human and vehicular traffic across the country and is an all inclusive exercise which will witness intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the nation.
Details of the objectives of this special exercise include the removal of obstructions from the highways, traffic control and decongestion, public enlightenment campaigns through the distribution of safety handbills and other forms of awareness campaign in addition to strict enforcement of road traffic regulation infractions such as non-use of seat belt, use of cell phone while driving, overloading, excessive smoke emission, speed violation, dangerous driving and overtaking, light sign violation and other road vices.
As usual, the FRSC has embarked on a massive deployment of personnel, patrol vehicles, motor bikes, tow trucks and ambulances along designated corridors and black spots such as Yangoji, Lokoja, Lagos, Benin, Ore, Akwanga, Jos, Mokwa, Bida, Potiskum, Bauchi, Lafia, Makurdi, 9th mile and Kano in addition to the establishment of mobile courts at specific locations across the country for quick dispensation with road traffic offences.
Speaking on the Sallah special patrol, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Osita Chidoka said that the nationwide exercise forms part of the Corps’ sustained efforts to build a consistent tradition of enforcing traffic rules and regulations throughout the year to avoid a one-off approach to road safety management in Nigeria’.
He added “ the 2012 Sallah patrol signifies the intension of the Corps to do all within its powers to ensure that zero road crash, injury and death are recorded throughout the period of the yuletide”. According to the Corps Marshal, ‘road traffic crashes are avoidable and only obedience to best practices of road use will guaranty the safety of all road users’.
Against this backdrop, motorists are hereby warned to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of vehicles which ply the highways as there will be no waiver for any traffic violations.
In the same vein, commuters (passengers) are enjoined to monitor their drivers and to employ subtle approach to call them (drivers) to order in the face of any form of reckless driving as any form of complacency may result to grave consequences.