By David Stephen.
The Nigerian Agency in charge of road safety, FRSC – Federal Road Safety Corp, has warned road users to be heedful of safe driving at this end of the year period. A senior official dismissed the ‘myth’ of more accidents at the end of the year, attributing it to reckless driving. A few weeks ago, the FRSC released statistics on road accidents at the first half of this year, stating that 1,936 persons lost their lives. It is a 12.7% reduction, from the 2,218 deaths that occurred at the same period in 2011.
Figures so far in 2012, is different from 2010 and 2011. In 2010 there were 5,330 deaths and 18,095 injuries from accidents; in 2011, there were 4,065 deaths and 17,464 injuries. In 2009, 4,120 persons lost their lives, while 20, 975 people were injured, in accidents involving 11,031 vehicles. In 2008, 6,661 deaths occurred, and 27,980 injuries which shows that the numbers have been going down as the years go by.
This year, the FRSC hopes that the number of accidents will be reduced if drivers heed to the rules of the ride and drive carefully.