NO fewer than 148 persons lost their lives in road accidents in Osun State while 403 sustained varied degree of injuries between January and November, 2012, the Nigerian Tribune investigation has revealed.
Besides, about 483 road accidents were recorded along the various road networks across the geopolitical zones of the state during the period under review.
Giving a graphic detail of the auto crashes recorded in Osun, during an exclusive chat with the Nigerian Tribune in Osogbo, on Thursday, the sector commander of the
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Imoh Jonah Etuk, attributed the causes of the accidents to “mechanically deficient vehicles, sleeping on the wheel, driving under the influence of alcohol, speed limit violation and tyre burst.”
According to him, “from January to date, we have a total number of 80 fatal auto crashes on the road networks in Osun. 165 are serious cases and then we have minor cases amounting to 238, thus making a total of 483 road accidents.”
“Persons killed are 148, injured victims are up to 403, thereby making the total casualty figure 551. But we have domesticated our public campaigns to stem the menace of road accidents in Osun through motor park rallies, conduct of lectures in churches, mosques and schools for daily offenders, with a view to inculcating the virtues of safety in our people.”
While assuring that his command would redouble its efforts to ensure efficient safety on major highways and other roads in Osun State, during this December period and beyond, the FRSC boss stated that “We have already put in place special and regular day/night patrols, to be complemented by mobile courts to try traffic offenders, coupled with the standby rescue services to assist any victim of auto accident”.
On the challenges, militating against the operations of FRSC in the state, Etuk said there was crucial need to provide more patrol vehicles, ambulances and tow-trucks so as to ease service delivery functions of his command.