31 August 2020 Kayode Oyedare
As the Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC begins its nationwide end of the year campaigns with the theme; ‘Drive Safe and Stay Safe’, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has called on the motoring public to make the 2020 ’ember’ months unique and crash free by adhering strictly to road traffic regulations.
In a statement by the FRSC Corps Education officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem in Abuja, the Corps Marshal says road traffic crashes are avoidable and a road crash free society is possible when best road practices are applied.
Dr Oyeyemil strongly cautions motorists to note that the end of the year is not naturally tragic and are not in anyway different from other months of the year, only that there seem to be an increase in vehicular movement witnessed during the season.
Debunking the myth that the last four months of the year commonly referred to as ’ember months’ are hazardous for motorists, the Corps Marshal maintains that it is very possible to drive without involving in a crash as long as motorists obey and adhere strictly to traffic laws and ensure constant maintenance of their vehicles.
While speaking on the need to be careful when choosing the vehicles for boarding especially for long distance trips, the number one road safety officer of the federation admonishes them to patronise safe and secure mass transit companies that have been duly certified to operate.
According to Oyeyemi, night trips are not as safe as day trips and travellers must try as much as possible to plan their trips within the hours of the day because of visibility and fatigue factors on the side of the driver.
Dr.Oyeyemi also warns that all travelling protocols for COVID-19 must be strictly adhered to. Noting that the enforcement on 50% carrying capacity for all vehicles targeted at creating adequate physical distancing is still in place, and the Corps will not spare any fleet operator caught violating this directives.
He stresses that fleet operators must religiously follow all safety precautions, observe preventive measures against the dreaded virus, and comply with every bit of travelling directives already in place.
” Terminals and parks are expected to double up their efforts in providing adequate running water with soap and sanitisers in their parks and terminals. While maintaining physical distancing, all vehicles must have sanitisers and avoid as much as possible, the use of air conditioners among others” the Corps Marshal advises.