The Federal Road Safety Corps has achieved a milestone in the prevention of road mishaps compared to the rate of occurrence last year.
The Federal Road Safety Corps said it had recorded a remarkable reduction in road crashes during the 2017 Eid El Kabir festivities compared to those of 2016.
The Corps’ Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, stated this while presenting the report of the FRSC’s 2017 Eid El Kabir Special Patrol exercise to newsmen in Abuja.
Kazeem said a total of 136 road traffic accidents were recorded nationwide in 2017 compared to 201 cases in 2016 within the period, representing a 48-per cent reduction.
He stated that the number of people killed dropped by 23 per cent from 97 in 2016 to 79 in 2017. According to him, a total of 322 vehicles were involved in crashes in 2016 as against 221 in 2017, representing a reduction rate of 46 per cent.
“When you look at the number of people involved, we had 1,445 in 2016 and 1,031 in 2017, that is, a 40-per-cent reduction.
“The number of people injured also dropped by 68 per cent from 671 in 2016 to 400 in 2017, while 677 were rescued unhurt in 2016 as against 552 this year, which is 23 per cent reduction,’’ Kazeem said.
He disclosed that the major contributor to the fatalities was an accident that occurred at Ugoneki on the Benin-Agbor-Asaba highway on Sept. 1 in which 19 people died.
On traffic offences committed during the period, the FRSC spokesman said there was a 39.6-per cent reduction from a total of 9,308 recorded in 2016 to 6,668 in 2017