Corps report reduction in holiday crashes

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) reported a reduction in road fatalities during the festive season compared to the same period last year.

So far, the FRSC has recorded 107 deaths and 1 398 injured persons in 214 road crashes with 668 victims rescued alive without injuries while 2012 records indicate 156 deaths and 1 882 injured persons in 236 road crashes with 1 056 persons rescued alive without injuries.

Speaking at Obosi near Onitsha during the nationwide exercise, the FRSC corps marshal and chief executive, Osita Chidoka, disclosed that the Corps’ renewed efforts has so far, yielded positive results

He added that the Corps’ renewed approach to road safety management during the yuletide was in line with a Presidential directive for the FRSC as lead agency on road safety management, to ensure that commuters do not suffer unduly during this year’s festive season.

He also commended other relevant agencies such as the Police, Air Force, Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps for complementing the FRSC efforts during the nationwide exercise.

FRSC has implemented the “Operation Zero Tolerance” which was flagged off on December 9 and will end on January 12 in line with the Corps’ 2013 strategic goals of reducing road crashes by 20 percent and fatalities by 30 percent.

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