Ember months: FRSC Warns against use of unsafe tyres in Baylesa


The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has flagged off the 2022 ember months campaign in Bayelsa state by sensitizing motorists and other road users to be conscious of the damaged portion of roads devastated by the flood.

The Sector Commander, CC Usman Ibrahim PSC stated this in his welcome address during the official flag-off of the ember months campaign at Ekeki motor park in Yenagoa, stressing that it is indisputable fact that ember months are usually characterized by high vehicular movements which often results in high road traffic crashes and fatalities.

“Studies have shown that causes of road traffic crashes can be categorized into three, human, environment and mechanical factors, the human factor has been known to be responsible for over 75% reasons why crashes occur on the road”

He said the Bayelsa FRSC sector command is deploying personnel, patrol vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks among other logistics to cover the state roads and highways leading in and out of Bayelsa state.

“We have concluded plans to respond to all emergencies that may occur during the yuletide in order to reduce cases of deaths resulting from road-related mishaps,” he said.

Also speaking, the Zonal commander of the FRSC, ACM Jonathan Owoade said the FRSC was established in 1988 with the mandate to prevent/minimize crashes on the highways, clear obstructions, design/produce all categories of drivers licence, vehicle number plates, educate drivers, motorists and other members of the public generally on proper use of the highway.

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“We have entered the last three months of the year 2022, FRSC, has kick-started its state-wide end-of-the-year campaign to sensitize road users on safety measures to forestall crashes and other traffic-related incidents during the yuletide”

He further said that this year’s campaign is aimed at educating motorists on unsafe practices to make the 2022 ember months unique and crash-free by adhering strictly to all traffic regulations.

He also reiterated the maximum speed limit allowed by law in Nigeria today is 100km/h, adding that tyres are among the most important part of the vehicle, but unfortunately the least understood. He added that without the tyres the vehicle is useless.

Representatives of the state government, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Engr Ramond Awana, Hon Douglas Awudulu, the coordinator of the FRSC Special Marshall and Nigeria police Acp Naubula Francis led their voices towards the sensitization of the general public and road users especially transporters to adhere strictly to the FRSC regulations to ensure accident-free roads, especially during the festive period.

Highlight of the occasion was a drama sketch by the Nigeria Youth service corps, FRSC club, on the need to drive with good tyres, avoid overloading and drinking while driving.

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