By Thompson Yamput
A total of 458 auto crashes involving 5, 161 people with 324 dead and 1, 706 others injured were recorded in different parts of Kogi State in the 12 months of 2022.
“Of course, we have to blame this on the recklessness of the motorists, some of who continually refused to heed to traffic rules and regulations to safety,” Kogi FRSC Corps Commander Stephen Dawulung, told the News Agency of Nigeria.
Dawulung who spoke in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital said the casualty and the rate of crashes was very high and unacceptable considering the number of innocent lives of patriotic citizens that were wasted.
He, however added that FRSC will continue its enforcements and enlightenment programmes against speed, overloading and mixed loading of goods and passengers, especially in trucks and other vehicles meant to convey only goods to prevent a similar outcome this year.
“We aren’t happy with the outcome of the report looking at the enormity of sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns we carried out during the period under review.
“Of course, we have to blame this on the recklessness of the motorists, some of who continually refused to heed to traffic rules and regulations to safety,” he said.
The sector commander called on motorists to always ensure the road worthiness of their vehicles before embarking on a journey and drive with care long the highways.
Dawulung also advised motorists to exhibit high level of discipline and adhere strictly to road traffic regulations to avoid such ugly incidents.