Heavy Downpour: FRSC urges drivers to adhere to caution, safety rules

By Alex Olise

The Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide has warned drivers in the state to always exercise caution while driving. This, he said, was to avert the hazards associated with heavy rain and flood during the season.

The heavy daily downpour in Lagos has become a concern for Lagos residents lately. The cases of heavy rain have resulted in floods that sweep away vehicles and passengers.

In a press statement signed and released to The Trumpet by the Command’s Public Education Officer, Route Commander Olabisi Sonusi, the Sector Commander expressed worry that the heavy downpour is creating enormous traffic challenges and the menace that result in loss of lives and properties. He, therefore, urged everyone especially the drivers to join hands to tackle the menace.

According to him, with the rainy season and heavy downpours being experienced almost every day in the State, incidents of flood which sweep away vehicles and passengers are becoming a daily occurrence.

He noted that as the lead agency in road traffic management and safety administration in the state, the Lagos State Sector Command is concerned with the ugly trend and called on all stakeholders to act fast by adhering strictly to the safety rules.

The Trumpet gathered that Ogungbemide is worried not only about the flood which hampers free movement of vehicles but also about poor visibility to drivers.

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He, therefore, advised drivers to take all necessary safety precautions whenever it’s raining.

“Our advice is that drivers must operate with utmost caution and safety consciousness to avert the hazards associated with the weather conditions”, he stated.

He further stressed that “Drivers are advised to park at a safe place and allow the flood to recede before proceeding on the journey.”

The Sector Commander also directed patrol teams to look out for vehicles that violate the requirements for minimum safety standards, saying such vehicles must be impounded to the base to get their faults rectified, thereby stopping them from causing hazards to themselves and other road users.

“All drivers must ensure that they drive with minimum safety standards by fixing the safety gadgets to avert the menace associated with rainy season,” Ogungbemide added.

It would be recalled that due to incessant rain in the state which result in heavy flood, vehicles and people have been reportedly lost to the incidents. Therefore, all hands must be on deck to tackle the challenge.

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