You Won’t Believe This, See How Many Deaths Were Recorded By Zone 5 of FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has put the figure of people that have died due to road accidents as no fewer than 255. These deaths occurred in its Zone 5, from the months of January through October of this year.

Mr Kehinde Adeleye, the Zonal Commanding Officer, gave the figure on Wednesday in Benin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

NAN reports that the zone comprises Edo, Delta and Anambra states.

Adeleye also said that 1,366 people were injured in 387 road accidents within the period under review.

He told NAN that 349 deaths were recorded from January 2017 to December 2017, while 324 deaths were recorded within the same months in 2016.

The official said that no fewer than 113 of the deaths in 2018 occurred in Edo, adding that 108 of the victims were adults and five, children.

He told NAN that the zone had taken more proactive measures to prevent accidents in December.

Adeleye listed the measures to include road audit to identify accident-prone locations aimed at bringing such locations to the attention of the Federal Ministry of Works for repairs.

He also said that the zone notified governors of the three states about such locations, with an appeal for palliative rehabilitation.

According to him, the measure is yielding positive results as the ministry and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency are working on some of the locations.

Adeleye added that the zone increased enlightenment on the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ Campaign, and sensitised more people to the need to be safety conscious.

A warning was also sounded to drivers that are found to be abusing alcohol, as they would be remanded when caught until after the New Year Day.

The official said that special marshals would be deployed for traffic control and enforcement of road safety rules, while mobile courts would be increased as well.

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