Vehicular Accidents: FRSC Records 2, 288 Deaths In Lagos Since 2013
…Partners Guinness Plc on ‘Ember’ Months Campaign
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disclosed that, no fewer than 2, 288 accident victims died in Lagos State alone within a gap of January, 2013 till September this year.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Lagos, Mr. Hyginus Omeje revealed the figure while speaking at the launch of the 2016 edition of its annual ‘Responsible Drinking Ember Months Campaign’ organised in collaboration with Guinness Nigeria Plc in Lagos on Wednesday.
Speaking at the flag-off of the safety campaign held at Ketu Motor Park in Lagos, Commander Omeje charged Nigerians to redirect their minds set towards good road use by obeying all traffic rules and regulations as it affect our daily lives.
Commander Omeje said that analyses of crashes recorded in Lagos State over the past three years shows that in 2013, a total of 3, 566 reported cases were recorded with 1,774 injured and 37 deaths, adding that “In 2015, 4, 387 cases recorded with 1, 920 injured and 536 deaths; in 2015, a total of 3, 396 cases recorded with 1, 666 injured and 413 deaths while in 2016 (Jan-Sept), a total of 2,401 were recorded with 1,448 injured and the attendant deaths of 302 persons”.
According to Omeje alcohol is a major factor which directly contributes to the cause of high percentage of of RTC in both developed and developing countries.
“It is against this backdrop that the Lagos State Sector Command of FRSC in collaboration with Guinness Nigeria Plc decided to modify the 2015 campaign exercise to be different from the ones we have had in the past. The new approach adopted that year was to carryout extensive test on drivers along various motor parks and major corridors within the state through random breathalyzing of motorists and soberly checkpoints centres”. Omeje hinted.
The Honourable Commissioner for Transport, Lagos State, Prince Olanrewaju Anofiu Elegushi who was represented by Engr. Toriola Abdulafis warned motorists not to drink whenever they want to drive so as to save lives.
“Drunk driving is a serious problem which has more dangerous than malaria. We must take this campaign seriously because the more you drink; the more likely you have an accident. Alcohol drinking can affect the judgment and rhythm on the roads. It slows down your reactions and even affects our visuals”. Engr Toriola warned.
Speaking further, Engr Toriola who is also the Director of Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) said that motorists within the age bracket of 22-45 years old are mostly the victims of road crashes as a result of drunk driving.
On his own part, the Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa said that their purpose at Guinness Nigeria is to celebrate life every day and everywhere, adding that in the 67 years of their operations in Nigeria, Guinness has stayed true to this purpose by delivering iconic brands. We are proud that our great brands are enjoyed by many Nigerians as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
“When consumed moderately and responsibly by adults who choose to drink, alcohol can play a positive role in social occasions and celebrations. We however recognize that the misuse of alcohol can cause serious problems for individuals, communities and society. We therefore leverage a variety of responsible drinking initiatives to enlighten the public on the harmful consequences of alcohol abuse”, Mr. Ndegwa said.
“The message we deliver to consumers through our annual “ember months” campaigns is consistent with our values at Guinness Nigeria. Consumers are at the heart of everything we do as an organisation and are the basis for our success. We are therefore genuinely concerned when we see consumers put themselves at risk through practices like drink driving”, he said.
Ndegwa said that Guinness, as a company emphasizes very strongly that alcohol should not be consumed before driving or while behind the wheels.
Pointing to the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol must be avoided not only during “ember months” but all year round, the Guinness boss said “When you drink, don’t drive. When you go out in a group to have fun, designate someone to drive and that person should not drink. If you are going out alone, arrange for taxi to take you home after you have had some drink. Whatever you do this season, please do not drink and drive”.
Chairman of the NURTW, Lagos State, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Chief Sunday Yusuf commended both FRSC and Guinness for their efforts in campaign against drunk driving.
“Don’t drink if you want to drive. Before you take your vehicle in the morning, it is important to check all the components before moving out. I thank FRSC, Guinness and other stakeholders for attending this event”, Chief Yusuf said.
The road safety campaign attracted officials of FRSC, Police, VIOs, NSCDC, NURTW, transporters and other stakeholders in the nation’s transport sector.
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