Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Command has expressed its readiness to ensure free-flow of traffic in the state during the yuletide season. The command said it had since finalised measures to deploy officers to strategic points for efficient service delivery.
Addressing a news conference in his office at Amawbia, the State Commander, Mr Andrew Kumapayi said the command had earlier commenced Ember month campaigns to create awareness on dangers on the roads during the season.
Mr Kumapayi said the safety campaigns started on Sept. 2 and would continue until Dec. 18 for proper dissemination of safety messages.
``This is a period characterised by high volume of vehicular movements. Many people are also trying to make ends meet.
``Because of this, our men have been on the ground 24/7, preaching the gospel of safety in public places.
``We are going to motor parks, Churches and other public places on daily basis to sensitise the General public and road users on the need to apply caution on the roads.
``Our patrol operations have been enhanced; you will see them enforcing traffic rules and regulations.
``We have standby teams in all corners, ready to intervene in case of road crashes. However, we have reduced the number of road crashes," Kumapayi noted.
Speaking on speed limiter device, Mr Kumapayi said that the command would continue enforcement to further reduce road accidents to the barest minimum.
He observed that the device had contributed to reduction of road crashes, especially among commercial drivers.
``If you check National Road Traffic Regulations, it is stipulates that every vehicle must have its speed limiting device installed.
``We made it compulsory for commercial drivers now and gradually we will extend this to private car owners. This is a success story for us in FRSC,’’ Kumapayi added.
Kumakpayi cautioned against night journeys because it had high risks, especially when the vehicles break down.
``Let me use this opportunity to caution passengers and other road users to avoid night journeys. Plan your trips early enough to avoid rush hour. A lot of things transpire at nights.
``Be patient while driving, even in traffic congestions, maintain discipline and do not jump queues.
``Also provide yourselves with valid drivers’ licence and other relevant vehicle documents to avoid embarrassment that can attract the wrath of the law,’’ Kumapayi said