The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed that a total of 850 road traffic crashes were recorded in the FCT resulting in 159 deaths and 1,572 injuries between January and November this year.
Oga Ochi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the FCT, disclosed this at the 2021 Special Marshal Sectorial Workshop on Saturday in Abuja.
He pointed out speed limit as one of the major challenges confronting road use in the FCT owing to the number of good roads within the territory.
Ochi said the road users often took advantage of the good roads and tended to `over’ speed, adding that 75 percent of the crashes was as a result of overspeeding.
“Between January and Nov. 19, 2021, a total of 850 road traffic crashes (RTC) was recorded in the FCT resulting in 159 deaths and 1572 injuries.
“This trend if not quickly addressed and reversed could constitute a major impediment to the economic growth of FCT.
“The giant challenges occasioned by increasing rate of RTCs are the lack of obedience to traffic rules, impatience on the part of road users and relative lack of acknowledge of road code.
“The tasks of reversing the trend as contained in the decade of action for Road Safety 2021- 2030 required that Special Marshals must brace up to greater performance beyond Ember Months Campaign.
“We must take advantage of the conducive environment created by the able leadership of the Corps and FCT to maximize our service delivery to road users in the FCT,’’ he said.
He commended the Special Marshals for their tremendous impact on all forms of road safety activities in the FCT.
According to him, they have been effective in patrol operations, public enlightenment, provision, and renovation of offices, rescue operations, involvement in research work, traffic control, holding of town hall meetings, and visit to churches/mosques among others.
The Zonal Coordinator, RS7, Mr. Usman Adaji, said the special marshal volunteers had remained committed to ensuring that there was sanity on the roads in the FCT.
Adaji urged the volunteers to submit themselves to the rules and regulations guiding the road safety activities, urging them to ensure discipline, dedication, and spirit of cooperation towards achieving the mandate of FRSC.
According to him, special marshal is the voluntary arm of FRSC and when you come in you have to submit yourself to the rules and regulations of the corp.