128 persons died while 2,254 others were injured in over 673 road crashes across the country in September, 2018 according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). FRSC made this known in its monthly Road Traffic Crash (RTC) report signed by the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi.
The September figures indicates a general reduction in all parameters with 31 percent and 17 percent reduction in crashes and fatality cases respectively as compared to those of August. The report said the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had the highest number of crashes and fatality cases in September with recorded 81 crashes and 22 fatalities followed by Kaduna, Niger, Ogun, Yobe and Oyo followed in order of magnitude. Analysis based on crash-prone routes revealed that Kaduna-Abuja road recorded the highest number of crashes in the month under review followed by Lagos-Ibadan road with 48 cases and Abuja-Lokoja road recorded 37 cases. It also revealed that speed violation accounted for 359 cases or 51 percent of the total road accidents in the month under review.
The report stated, “Out of the total of 1,099 vehicles involved in road crashes in September, cars accounted for 366 representing 33 percent, Mini buses followed with 224 representing 20 percent while motorcycle with 209 represented 11 percent’’. It said further that the number of crashes in September when compared with that of the corresponding month in 2017 showed two per cent reduction in fatality. The report also showed 11 percent increase in crashes and a 15 percent increase in the number of persons injured.
It, however, noted that road crash injuries could be prevented through a holistic involvement and synergy from multiple sectors such as transport and police, among others. The report urged the Federal Government to take steps to ensure that the National Assembly provided an effective legislation capable of ensuring safety on roads.