Sunday, January 23

Anambra FRSC records 37 deaths in 110 road crashes in 7 months

…to deploy body cameras ahead yuletide

By: Awesome Ekene

No fewer than 37 persons lost their lives while 239 were injured in 110 road crashes in Anambra state between May and November, Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) disclosed on Friday. 

He said the command arrested a total of 5,503 offenders with 6,687 offences, with seat belt violations as the most prevalent offence within the period under review.

Addressing reporters in Awka, the FRSC boss blamed the crashes on speed limit violation, bad roads, reckless driving, use of phones while driving and route violation, among others.

He said that three traffic offenders were prosecuted and jailed within the period.

He said, “We recorded a total of 110 road traffic crashes with 27 of them fatal, claiming a total number of 37 lives within the seven months period while 239 people were injured.

“The major causes are speed limit violation and bad road. The Commission has carried out road audit and sent to the state government to carry out palliative repairs on major failed portions and potholes on some roads 

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“Such roads are Amawbia- Zone 13 on Awka-Onitsha Expressway, Immigration junction in Amansea in Awka and opposite Lagos park and Upper Iweka  on Onitsha- Awka lane.”

According to Irelewuyi, a total of 407 regular Marshals and 600 special Marshals had been deployed for special patrol operations to commence on December 17, to tackle emerging traffic challenges during the festive season. 

He further disclosed plans by the Corps to deploy body cameras he described as evidence based device targeted at  protecting motorists and assisting the Corps in curbing corruption and assault cases. 

He added, “FRSC as an organization with zero tolerance for corrupt practices don’t allow our men to extort money or other incentives from road users. What we do is basically humanitarian. 

“When you compromise saving of lives, you’re invariably joining hands with recalcitrant road users to ruin lives which we discourage.

“In this special patrol operations starting on the 17th, we’re going to have for the first time in FRSC, the use of evidence based body cameras by our operatives and Anambra is one of the pilot states.

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Assuring collaboration of the Corps with other security agencies to ensure free flow of traffic during the Yuletide, the FRSC boss said the Command had extended its operational hours till 8p.m with provision of adequate security during their operations.

He commended the state government for it support in the effort to ensure free traffic flow, just as he appealed to all road users transiting the road network within the state to maintain safe speed and obey all traffic rules and regulations.


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