On Thursday, the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, launched its 2023 ember months campaign to educate drivers about the perils of disobeying traffic rules, particularly around the holiday season. The goal of the campaign is to remind drivers of the importance of obeying traffic laws, especially during the holiday season.
Speaking at the event that was held in the Itam short-distance motor park in Uyo, the state capital, the FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr. Dauda Biu, warned against overloading and overspeeding. He noted that commercial drivers who are always culpable of such should desist immediately as such puts the lives and belongings of passengers in danger.
The Deputy Sector Commander of Rivers State, Mr. Ogbonna Okwara, spoke in Biu’s place and said the following:
“This is a wake-up call to remind everyone in society that we have to be careful because, during this period, there is typically an increase in the number of people and vehicles on the road,” the speaker said. “This is a wake-up call to remind everybody in society that we have to be careful.”
“It is important to keep in mind that motorists should adhere to the posted speed limit, that they should be aware enough to avoid driving recklessly, and that they should perform maintenance on their vehicles before taking them out on the road.”
Earlier on, Akwa Ibom State Sector Commander Matthew Olonisaye, who was being represented by Deputy Corps Marshall Philip Ayodele, made the pledge that the corps would ensure full compliance with the traffic rules and regulations on the part of motorists.
According to what he says,
“The Corps, being aware of the incessant crashes chronicled in the ember months, which are usually orchestrated by the recalcitrant attitude of some road users during the period, deploys this awareness strategy to enlighten the motoring public on the destructive consequences of road traffic crashes in order to enable the achievement of the FRSC 2023 Corporate Strategic Goal of a 5% reduction in road traffic deaths and injuries.”
“It is important to take note that the command is prepared to take proactive measures in the direction of promoting traffic safety in the state,” the official said.
Compliance with traffic laws and regulations should be of the utmost importance to the motoring public. “The motoring public is urged to desist from activities capable of jeopardizing the lives and property of other road users.
“Motorists are strongly encouraged to refrain from driving at excessively high speeds, using their phones while behind the wheel, and going against the flow of traffic due to the potentially disastrous outcomes of these behaviors.”
When he declared that the campaign was now open for business, Mr. Joseph Ebong, the State’s Chief Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO), was speaking on behalf of Pastor Umo Eno, the Governor of the State. He reminded the public to obey the traffic rules and regulations and to never view FRSC officials as adversaries while they are on duty.