By Ismail Auwal
The Nasarawa State Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Ahmed Mohammed, said 75 people have lost their lives, whereas 585 had been injured in motor vehicles accidents this year.
Mohammed made the revelation at the flag-off of this year’s ember months’ safety campaign with the theme: “Drive safe, stay safe” held at Lafia Motor Park. “These figures are high and regrettable considering the United Nations decade of action on Road Safety and the FRSC corporate strategic goals of reducing road traffic crashed by fifteen percent”, he added.
He noted that about 1.25 million people die, across the globe, every year as a result of injuries with many incurring permanent disabilities.
In his remarks, Director of Road Traffic, Nasarawa State Ministry of Works, Victor Iya, said that ninety percent of the road traffic crashes were due to human factors. He cautioned motorists to be conscious of the ember month’s period with high vehicular movement.
Iya, who advised motorists on the use of roadworthy vehicles, said the event was meant to sensitise the motoring public on the dangers of reckless driving.