The Corps Marshal of the federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed Commanding Officers to step up enforcement of the law on use of speed limiting device.
As contained in a statement released by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem in Abuja on Sunday, the directive was a response to what Oyeyemi described as a worrying increase in speed related crashes experienced during the Yuletide.
According to him, the directive becomes necessary, following a review of the first phase of the end-of-the-year patrol embarked upon by the corps.
He said the increase in crashes as recorded within the period is undermining the efforts of the Corps to ensure safer road environments.
“Every steps,” he said, “must be taken to restore normalcy to the road.
“We must step up enforcement of the regulations on use of speed limiting device in the second phase of the special operations and first quarter of next year to drastically force down the growing trends of speed induced crashes.
“Commanding Officers are hereby given special directives on aggressive enforcement of the regulations on the use of speed limiting device to curb the rate of crashes and fatalities that speeding causes, as shown by the records of the first phase of the special operations.
“Consequently, those that are operating without speed limiters or those using faulty as well as those that have reset their own speed limiters to make them ineffective must not be spared to endanger other road users.
It would be recalled that FRSC as part of its annual special end of year patrol has been engaged in this year’s special Christmas and new patrol to address the usual cases of traffic holdups, crashes, death and injuries resulting from increased human and vehicular traffic within the festive periods. The massive deployments of personnel and logistics to the major highways and identified black spots across the country is being done at the same time with traffic counts to determine the volume and types of vehicles that are plying the roads within the period for a more efficient future traffic management planning.
The codename for this year’s special operations is, “Drive Safe; Stay Safe,” which was chosen in view of the threats of COVID-19 pandemic and need for members of the public especially the road travelers to operate in full compliance with road safety rules and regulations and strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 protocols.
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