Corps Marshal, FRSC Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said this during a press briefing on his Operation Zero Tolerance 2021 special patrol operations on Thursday in Abuja.
Oyeyemi said that a comparative analysis of RTC recorded in 2021 revealed a 9 percent reduction in accident cases.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the special patrol operation Operation Zero Tolerance is between December 15, 2021 and January 15.
Oyeyemi pointed out that the highest number of deaths recorded during the period was recorded on the Ilesha-Akure and Kano-Zaria highways, with 20 and 19 people respectively.
He said that within the period under review, 600 RTCs were registered, involving 4,649 people with 327 deaths and 1,916 injuries.
“2,406 people were rescued without injury. A total of seven fatal accidents involving 82 people were recorded along seven critical routes across the country.
“A comparative analysis of RTC recorded in the year 2021 and 2020 revealed a 9 percent reduction in accident cases, a 3 percent reduction in the number of people involved.
“26 percent reduction in the number of people killed and 9 percent reduction in the number of people injured,” he said.
In a related development, Oyeyemi said that 20,845 violators were stopped and booked for violating 24,214 different traffic violations.
He said that during Operation Zero Tolerance 11,060 vehicles were seized and in the same period 9,787 seizures were recorded.
“However, a comparative analysis of enforcement within the special patrol in 2021 and 2020 indicates a 26 percent increase in traffic violators.
“32 percent increase in traffic violations, 18 percent increase in the number of vehicles impounded, and 35 percent increase in the number of forfeitures,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that the speed violation as the most frequent was probably the cause of the accidents recorded during the 2021 Zero operation.
He added that driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, continuous night trips that lead to fatigue and dangerous driving were also causes of the recorded accidents.
“Improper advances, broken tires (worn and expired) and overloading of vehicles were also attributed to the causes of these crash cases,” he said.
Oyeyemi said the Corps had aligned itself with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on reducing deaths across the five key behavioral risk factors.
This, he said, included speeding, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, a motorcycle helmet, a seat belt and a child restraint system.
The FRSC chief said the Corps’ performance for 2021 was reviewed with a view to ensuring continued performance-driven activities in 2022.
“The Corps is committed to achieving the following goals and objectives for the year: Achieve 15 percent RTC fatalities, enhance the road safety partnership for innovative intervention, and consolidate the road traffic data system to improve policy making.” road safety,” he said. .
Oyeyemi reiterated the Corps’ thanks to the media, adding that the media should maintain the partnership in 2022.
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