-by our correspondent.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says fewer people died by road traffic crashes in 2020 when compared to 2019 adding that there were 10, 522 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) involving 17,614 vehicles in 2020.
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, who disclosed this to Newsmen in Abuja said 4, 794 persons were recorded dead and 28,449 persons got various degrees of injuries within the period under review, while 29,808 had minor injuries and survived.
“ In 2019, the Corps recorded 4, 878 deaths as against 4, 794 deaths resulting from crashes in 2020 representing a decrease of 84 or 1.75 per cent, also a total of 10,522 road traffic crashes involving 17,614 vehicles were recorded during the year, as against 9, 957 involving 16,806 vehicles recorded in 2019.” Kazeem said.
According to the Corps Marshal, the year 2020 recorded more crashes with a total of 565 representing 5.37 per cent increase. “In 2020 alone, out of 63,581 people involved in RTC, a total of 4, 794 were killed, as against 4, 878 in 2019 representing 1.75 per cent decrease, 28,449 got injured in 2020 against 32,344 in 2019 representing a decrease of 3, 895 or 13.69 per cent. A total of 29,808 survived the crashes with injuries in 2020 against 32,499 in 2019 representing 6745 or 10.67 per cent decrease,”
Kazeem noted that Speed-related Violations (SPV) were the major causes of the crashes, which contributed above 62 per cent of the total accidents. He added that dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, overloading, break failure, tyre bursts, wrongful overtaking and route violation were also probable major causes of crashes.
Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem
“Bad road, road construction violation, dangerous overtaking, sleeping on steering, poor weather, use of phone while driving, sign light violation, fatigue among others also cause crashes, ” he added.
He restated the Corps believed that a crash-free society was possible only if all road users, including pedestrians obey all road traffic regulations and warned that those who violated road traffic laws would be penalised as traffic operatives are more than ever prepared to enforce compliance.