By Egbe Attah, Otukpo
The Otukpo Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Haliru, has advised road users in the town to always abide by road traffic rules, in order to avoid road crashes, especially, in the ember months.
Commander Dauda, who gave the advice on Thursday while interacting with newsmen in her office in Otukpo, Benue State, said it was in response to such challenge that her command recently flagged-off the 2022 “Ember Months” safety campaign with the theme: “Avoid speeding, overloading and unsafe tyres to arrive alive.”
According her “in the ember months there is increase in vehicular and human movement and in a drive to make more money, drivers engage in over-speeding and overloading unmindful of the risks involved.
“These unwholesome attitude of commercial drivers and other road users leads to increase in road accidents in this period and we as an organization have the duty to reduce the loss of lives and property through enlightenment campaign.
“I must stress that there is need to avoid over spending, overloading and using worn-out vehicles, in order to arrive at our destinations safely and alive.”
Commander Dauda, who decried the level of dilapidation of roads in the area, which she noted has maimed and claimed many lives in recent times, observed that extra caution ought to be taken, warning that only those with driver’s license were qualified to drive.
She, further advised motorists to avoid drinking and smoking while driving and appealed to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to assist her command in checking and arresting those that violate the rule.
On the issue of number plates, the FRSC boss, advised motorists on the need to have them, explaining that apart from being the rule, the number plates also enable FRSC to trace the vehicles in the event of loss.