The Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Babatunde Farinloye, stressed the importance of collective action to eliminate the sale of alcoholic beverages and drugs at motor parks as a measure to reduce road fatalities. He made this declaration during the commencement of the 2023 Ember Months Road Safety Campaign Flag Off at the Costain Unit Command in Lagos State.
Farinloye highlighted that the acceptance and normalcy of selling alcoholic beverages in Nigeria were causing problems on the roads. He called for the transport unions and industry elders to work towards making it a law that bans the sale of these products at motor parks, believing that such a measure would enhance road safety.
He emphasized that road fatalities were primarily attributed to the wrong attitude and behavior of drivers, noting that around 80% of accidents on the roads were due to these factors rather than vehicle or road-related issues. He urged drivers and road users to adopt a safer attitude, obey traffic rules, and consider other road users for a safer traveling experience.
Farinloye also underscored the importance of vulcanizers and motor mechanics in minimizing road fatalities, as they play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of commuters. He called on them to be vigilant and conscientious in their work to prevent accidents.
Additionally, the FRSC boss encouraged stakeholders and fleet operators to prioritize safety and address the issue of unlatched containers, pointing out that many trucks and tankers on the road were too old to be in service.
The campaign’s theme, “Speed Thrills But Kills: Drive Responsibly, Avoid Over-Loading,” was described by Mr. Oludele Okelola, the FRSC Unit Commander of Costain Command, as an effective way to raise awareness of the implications of road fatalities. The campaign emphasized responsible driving, avoidance of overloading, and the dangers associated with speeding.
Mr. Sulaiman Yusuf, the Chairman of Surulere Local Council, echoed the message of responsible driving, emphasizing the need for drivers to adhere to road traffic laws and prioritize the safety of commuters.
The event was attended by representatives of various law enforcement agencies, including the Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS).