The Federal Road Safety Corps has commenced massive mobilisation of its personnel for the Sallah special patrol aimed at ensuring safer road environment during the festive period and beyond.
This was disclosed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who said not fewer than 35,000 of the FRSC Regular and Special Marshals, 736 Patrol Vehicles, 120 Ambulances, 25 Tow Truck And 204 Bikes would be on the road during the special operation that would hold from August 9 to 16, 2019.
The Corps Public education Officer stated that the special patrol operation has become necessary following the Corps’ commitment to its 2019 Corporate Strategic Goals of reducing Road Traffic crashes by 20 per cent and fatality by 25 per cent.
Kazeem said: “FRSC has a tradition of always organising special patrols during festive periods as a way of averting the chaos that characterise the road during the celebrations, as such, this year’s Eid el Kabir would not be an exemption. Motorists must endeavour to avoid traffic violations and remain conscious of their safety to avoid not only arrest and prosecution by members of the Corps, but falling prey to avoidable road crashes.
“The mission of the special operation is to ensure free flow of traffic, provide prompt rescue services and timely clearance of obstructions on all major roads and critical corridors across the country before, during and after the festive period as well as minimizing the occurrence of road traffic crashes on the nation’s highways through effective patrol operations and sustained public enlightenment campaigns.”
To ensure the effectiveness of the operations, Kazeem revealed that the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, directed commanding officers operating across various formations nationwide to ensure that the 52 corridors are properly manned throughout the period of the operations.
He however appealed to motorists to obey all traffic rules and regulations and cooperate fully with the FRSC and other law enforcement agencies that would be deployed for traffic management duties, saying Mobile Courts would be in session across the country for prompt dispensation of justice to recalcitrant traffic violators.
Oyeyemi, also directed that the operatives pay first-rate focus on Effective Traffic Control, Wrongful Overtaking, Use of Phone while Driving, Drivers Licence Violation, Lane Discipline, Removal of Rickety vehicles on the road, Driving with expired/worn out tyre and without spare tyre etc.
To achieve this fit, the Corps has deployed operational equipments in the categories of Radar Guns, Breathalysers to put a check on drunk driving, operational logistics materials are also to be fully deployed for this exercise.
More so, the Corps Marshal has equally directed that all Zebras must be active 24/7 and be responsive to calls within the minimum FRSC response time to crashes reported.
Kazeem noted that among the 52 corridors to be covered are: Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi, Jos-Bauchi-Gombe, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi corridor, Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-
In line with the foregoing, the patrol is to run in shifts as follows: 6am to 2pm, 2pm to 8pm, 8pm to 10pm and Night Rescue teams to be on standby at all operational Commands.
The Corps will go into the exercise with the friendly collaboration with Military Units en-route or resident the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services, State owned/NGO’s Ambulance service providers, National Network on Emergency Rescue Services and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency.
Oyeyemi advised all motorists to be patient on the road and ensure that they operate within the ambit of the law as the Corps is out to ensure compliance of established traffic laws by all.
He therefore wished all travellers safe trip to their destinations as he felicitated with Muslim faithful.