The Lagos Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) reported a staggering 128 fatalities resulting from 376 road traffic incidents documented between January and October 2023 in the state. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Sector Commander Mr. Babatunde Farinloye revealed these alarming statistics, organised in observance of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Farinloye detailed that within this period, 1,842 individuals and 662 vehicles were involved in these accidents, leading to injuries sustained by 237 people. He attributed the likely causes to “excessive speed, dangerous driving, and overloading.”
The command pledged to consistently implement rigorous enforcement measures and advocacy campaigns to curtail the frequency and severity of accidents on the roads.
In recognition of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Farinloye emphasised its adoption and acknowledgement by the UN through Resolution A/60/2005. He underscored its significance as an annual global advocacy event aimed at commemorating those killed and injured in road traffic incidents.
“The day serves to sensitize individuals about safe road practices, honour traffic victims, and create a platform for their families to remember and reflect,” Farinloye stated. He stressed that the event also aims to advocate for better support systems for victims and their families while promoting evidence-based initiatives to prevent further road traffic casualties.