Drivers in the state of Osun have been urged by the Osun Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, to practice defensive driving (DDT) this autumn to ensure their own safety and the safety of others on the roads.
It also cautioned drivers not to disregard safety concerns throughout the autumn months.
Henry Benamaisia, commander of the Osun Sector, made the appeal alongside the ember months flag-off exercise in Osogbo, and he asked for the help of everyone involved in transportation and any other related security agencies.
In the months leading up to Halloween, “the command would ramp up its sensitization campaign and public enlightenment across car parks, churches, mosques, and other public places,” among other safety-related operations.
Life and property could be saved with better enforcement of traffic laws and faster response times for rescue operations.
Traffic accidents spike in the fall because more people and more cars are on the roads at once, leading some drivers to break the rules of the road more frequently.
Benamaisia urged drivers to practice defensive driving and for everyone in the state to strictly adhere to traffic laws.
Earlier, Osun State Transport Management Services Chairman Nurudeen Arowonle stressed the need of safety for all drivers.
Some OSTMS executives, he added, make it a point to stay at key bus stops in order to reinforce the need of cautious driving to their staff.
The National Ex-Officio of Special Marshals, Tunji Ajiboye, added that the Special Marshals would assist the regular officers in keeping people and their belongings safe throughout the ember months.
Everyone, not only the people in charge of traffic safety, is responsible for fostering a culture of safety.
According to him, “Speed thrills but kills; drive responsibly and avoid overloading,” will be the motto of the 2023 ember months.