NASARAWA State command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, yesterday, said that it recorded a total of 75 deaths in 289 road crashes between January and November this year.

 

Sector commander of the Corps, Ahmed Mohammed, who disclosed this during the ember month campaign flag-off in Lafia, said 585 persons sustained varying degrees of injuries from the road crashes within the period under review.

 

He attributed most of the road crashes to reckless driving and over speeding on the part of drivers, regretting that the non-adherence to safety rules by some road users, despite a series of awareness campaigns, had become an issue of concern.

 

Mohammed said a World Health Report revealed that about 1.25 million people die globally every year as a result of road traffic crashes, while 20 to 50 million people suffering varying degrees of injuries.

 

“Drivers are critical in the transport business and are enjoined to eschew the evil of speeding, dangerous overtaking, and use of fake tires which could lead them to an untimely death,” he said.

 

He appealed to all relevant stakeholders in the state to work towards nipping the monstrous road traffic crash in the bud during this yuletide.

 

In a remark, the state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Chief Philip Dada, who was represented by the director of Road Traffic in the ministry, Mr. Victor Iyah, averred that 90 percent of road crashes are caused by human factors and advise motorists to be conscious, especially during the ember month.

 

Dada revealed that the state government has put measures in place to ensure the safety of lives and properties.