About 31 persons died in 87 road accidents in Lagos State from January to March, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Thursday in Lagos.
The Sector Commander, Chidi Nkwonta said that 160 people were also injured in the various accidents during the period. “The command recorded 87 road crashes where a total number of 31 people lost their lives. Also during the period, no fewer than 160 people were also injured,” he said.
According to him, the command had a total number of 78 casualties in 32 crashes in January alone, 15 deaths and 63 people injured.
Nkwonta added that in February, 56 casualties were recorded in 24 crashes with 10 people killed and 46 injured. “For instance in March, we recorded 57 casualties in 31 crashes where six persons lost their lives and 51 injured.”
The FRSC boss said the command inspected more than 26, 365 vehicles on the highways to ensure their road-worthiness, adding that 3, 078 motorists were also cautioned.
“We stopped 8,879 drivers in January, 9155 in February and 8, 331 March for road worthiness inspections, while 1,169, 1,043 and 866 drivers were also cautioned,” Nkwonta said.
He listed the highways on which his men operated as Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Abeokuta, Lekki-Epe and Badagry Expressways.
The FRSC boss stressed the need for continuous public enlightenment and rallies at motor parks rallies on road safety campaigns.
On the Easter festival, the sector commander urged road users to obey traffic regulations, adding that special patrols had commenced to ensure accident-free season. “Speeding, dangerous driving, and over loading of vehicles should be avoided as they cause accidents on the highways.”