In the spirit of the yuletide season, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 25,000 personnel have been deployed across the country for the safety of its people.
This was made known by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kareem to journalists in Abuja, he said the effort was part of activities to commence its ‘Operation Zero Tolerance for Road Traffic Crashes’ which began on Wednesday, 19 and would last till January 15, 2019.
“FRSC has defined an operational order; we have the operation zero tolerance to road traffic crashes to combat the menace of road traffic crashes around this period.
We have made deployment of both regular and special marshals close to 25,000. We have also deployed patrol vehicles, advanced life support ambulances, heavy duty trucks, patrol motorbikes, reflective jackets, and breathalyzers among others,” he said.
He explained that the actions were all in a bid to make sure the roads were accident-free. Kazeem further said the corps’ objectives during the festive period included ensuring free flow of traffic, reduction of crashes and quick response to distress.
“We want a situation where people will be moving freely without any hitch and in a situation where we have any crash; there should be quick response to distress situation.
There will also be enforcement of road traffic laws and regulations because education and enlightenment without enforcement is just like entertainment. So many people will not heed our call and we have to enforce the law and make sure they heed our call by all means,” he said.
He added that less than 201 mobile courts had been set up nationwide which means some people might spend their Christmas behind bars if found wanting. The public education officer said the corps had engaged patrol strategies which include having 24 hours visibility along 52 critical corridors and conduct of mobile courts.
“We also have 13 traffic control camps at traffic prone areas for ease of operation and quick response to traffic issues,” said Kazeem, and that the camps were located in Lagos, Mowe, Lokoja, Gwagwalada, Ore, Okene among others.