07 January 2021 by Kayode Oyedare
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC says 10, 522 Road Traffic Accidents were recorded across the country in 2020 involving 17,614 vehicles.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem stated this while speaking with Newsmen in Abuja.
Mr. Kazeem said 4, 794 persons were recorded dead and 28,449 persons sustained various degrees of injury within the period under review.
He said there was a decrease in the total number of people killed in road traffic crashes in 2020 compared to 2019.
According to him, the Commission recorded a total of 10,522 road traffic crashes involving 17,614 vehicles in the year 2020, as against 9, 957 involving 16,806 vehicles in 2019.
The FRSC Spokesman said the major causes of these accidents as observed by the Commission were Speed-related Violations which contributed above 62 per cent of the total crashes.
He added that dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, overloading, break failure, tyre burst, wrongful overtaking and route violation were also major causes of crashes.
He stressed that road construction violations, dangerous overtaking, sleeping on the steering, poor weather, use of phone while driving, sign light violation, fatigue among others caused the crashes.
He said the Commission believed that a crash-free society was still possible if all road users, including pedestrians ensured that all road traffic regulations were complied with accordingly.
Mr Kazeem however warned that those who violated road traffic laws indiscriminately would definitely be penalised as the operatives were more than ever prepared and deployed to enforce compliance.