As the Federal Road Safety Corps begins its nationwide end of the year campaigns with the theme; “Drive Safe and Stay Safe”, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has called on the motoring public to make the year 2020 ’ember’ months unique and crash free by adhering strictly to road traffic regulations.
He stated, among others, that road traffic crashes were avoidable and road crash free society was possible when best road practices were applied.
According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, the Corps Marshal strongly cautioned motorists to note that the end of the year was not naturally tragic and were not in anyway different from other months of the year, “only that there seems to be an increase in vehicular movements witnessed during the season.”
Debunking the myth that the last four months of the year commonly referred to as “ember months” were hazardous for motorists, the Corps Marshal said that it was very possible to drive without involving in a crash “as long as motorists obey and adhere strictly to traffic laws and ensure constant maintenance of their vehicles.”
The Corps Public Education Officer also said that in order to guide commuters on the path of safety and minimise the tendencies of crashes and gridlocks, the Corps Marshal issued out some salient travelling and safety advisories to travellers.
According to him, “With the rapid infrastructural development going on in the rail transportation sector under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, commuters are advised to maximise that alternative means of transportation by patronising the train stations where available, as this will drastically reduce the pressure on the road transportation sector.”
He stated that the traveling public must start thinking about transport sharing as early as possible, to reduce pressure on the road as this would further reduce incidences of road traffic crashes.
He said, “Family and friends are further admonished to plan and travel in phases, so as to avoid cluster of traffic during the ember months.
While speaking on the need to imbibe caution when choosing the vehicles to board especially for long distance trips.”
Oyeyemi reportedly advised them to patronise safe and secure mass transit companies that “have been duly certified to operate. This is to make room for redundancy plans in the event of vehicle breakdown.
He said that night trips are not as safe as day trips and travellers must try as much as possible to plan their trips within the hours of the day because of visibility and fatigue factors on the side of the driver.”
Oyeyemi also warned that all travelling protocols for COVID-19 must be strictly adhered to, noting that the enforcement on 50% carrying capacity for all vehicles targeted at creating adequate physical distancing was still in place.
He said that the Corps would not spare any fleet operator caught violating this directive.
He maintained that fleet operators must religiously follow all safety precautions, observe preventive measures against the dreaded virus, and comply with every bit of travelling directives already in place.
“Terminals and parks are expected to double up their efforts in providing adequate running water with soap and sanitisers in their parks and terminals. While maintaining physical distancing, all vehicles must have sanitisers inside them and avoid as much as possible, the use of air conditioner among others,” he stated.