The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has said that the high number of accidents recorded during the ’ember’ months is caused by driver’s impatience and human error.
Sector Commander of FRSC, Anambra,
Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, said this in his speech at the flag-off of the 2021 ‘Ember’ months’ campaign on Thursday, in Onitsha.
The campaign had the theme ‘ Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels and Enjoy Quality Road Experience’.
Irelewuyi said that the Ember months were characterised by lots of festivities resulting in increase in human and vehicular movement.
He said the months were like other months of the year but that the crashes occurred due to the impatience of drivers and the quest to make fast money for the Yuletide period.
He said, “This year in Anambra, the Ember months coincides with the election period, thereby further increasing the vehicular and human movement within the state.
“I wish to disabuse our minds of the belief that evil spirits are responsible for the increased crashes recorded this period. The crashes are mostly as a result human error while using the road.
“This is usually because as the year runs to its end, people tend to strive harder to meet up with their set targets and expectations geared towards the Christmas and New Year celebration.
“And this can result to loss of focus on safety consciousness thereby engaging in overloading, night driving, speeding, dangerous driver and others.”
He said the corps had embarked on aggressive sensitisation among motorists in the state and would not spare anyone who violates road traffic regulations especially during the period.
Also speaking, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 5 Headquarters, Benin, urged drivers to install speed limiting device to reduce road crashes and fatalities.
“The campaign is an operational strategy of the corps for better traffic management and control as well as prevent road accidents and fatalities.
“Data has shown that speeding is the major cause of traffic crashes in the state. Speed impedes driver’s ability to control the vehicle.
“Therefore, using speed limiting device is very necessary and drivers should exercise care during the Ember months,” Kumapayi said.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra who was represented by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Afam Mbanefo, promised to give all the necessary support to the Corps to ensure a safe motoring environment.