The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, on Thursday said it would deploy 485 personnel and 1,200 special marshals to various highways in Edo to ensure safety during the Yuletide.
The Edo Sector Commander, Samuel Odukoya, said this at the inauguration of the `Ember’ months campaign tagged “Right to Life on the Highway is Not Negotiable’’ held in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo.
“We have 485 officers and 1,200 special marshals that will be on patrol in strategic routes within the various commands and units of our zone in Edo.
“The volumes of vehicles that ply our roads are so enormous that we need to be proactive to ensure the roads are safer for the people during this festivity,” he said.
Mr Odukoya, who advised motorists to always plan their journey to reduce accidents, urged them to ensure that their vehicles were roadworthy before embarking on any trip.
“We are here today to tell the people especially the drivers that this year, it is operation zero tolerance accident.
“You have to be very careful on the highway, obey the traffic regulations, ensure that your vehicles are in good condition,” he said.
Mr Odukoya said that the command’s officers had embarked on a full-scale enforcement to curb dangerous driving, overtaking and use of phone while driving as well as speed limit violation and overloading.
Earlier, Moses Bature, the FRSC unit commander in Auchi, said the campaign was geared toward educating the public on safe driving during and after the `ember’ months.
“Our gathering today is to see how we can obtain safer roads and fuller lives on our highway which is collective responsibility of FRSC and our relevant stakeholders with a view to restore sanity on our roads.
“Right to life is not negotiable on the highway and can only be achieved when we collectively come together to fight the menace that bedevil our highway,’’ he said.
Mr Bature said that the unit had put measures in place for special intervention patrol as part of effort to drastically reduce spate of road crashes during the yuletide.
“As the year comes to an end, we passionately appeal to all road users to ensure they comply with traffic laws and maintain their vehicle while plying the road,’’ he said.