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FRSC Confirms 42 Killed in 57 Road Crashes Edo

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FRSC Confirms 42 Killed in 57 Road Crashes Edo

by Oke-Oghene Orogun, Benin City

No fewer than 42 people lost their lives in 57 road accidents recorded across Edo State between January and April 2024.

The State FRSC Sector Commander, Paul Okpe, confirmed this in a chat with journalists in Benin.

According to him, a total of 22 people were killed in January alone, while four were killed in February, 11 in March, and five in April.

Statistics from the FRSC indicated that 537 passengers were involved in the various accidents, while 42 died, 206 injured and others escaped unhurt.

Okpe attributed the crashes to overspeeding, brake failure, route violation, dangerous driving, and use of phones while driving, among other causes.

He, however, called on motorists to drive with care and imbibe a safety culture on the road to stay alive.

Meanwhile, the Edo Command of the FRSC, has called for the support of all stakeholders in the transport sector in reducing road traffic crashes and fatalities in the state.

The Sector Commander of FRSC made the call during a meeting with stakeholders in the transport sector.

He said the meeting was aimed at sensitising transport stakeholders on the need to support the Corps in reducing road traffic crashes.

Okpe noted that the development was part of the Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali Biu’s initiative on zero Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) across the country.

He said: “We are here to educate and sensitize drivers, owners of trailers and trucks, as well as passengers on the need to imbibe safety culture at all times while using the road.

“This is also part of the Corps Marshal’s effort aimed at mitigating road traffic crashes and fatalities involving trailers conveying goods, animals and people.”

The Edo FRSC boss disclosed that the sensitisation would be carried out across the 18 local government areas of the state to ensure that all road users imbibe a safety culture while on the road.

He therefore charged motorists to avoid overspeeding, drunk driving, route violation, overloading, and driving with worn-out tyres among others, to stay alive and reach their destination safely.

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