Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed road marshals to be prepared for the enforcement of the speed limit device in the country aimed at reducing accidents arising from over-speeding.
The corps marshal also declared war on overloading and non usage of seat belts as part of efforts to curb road crashes, and urged all sector commands across the country to step up enlightenment campaigns in motor parks, mosques, churches and public gatherings against overloading, over speeding and non usage of seat belts.
While addressing officers and men of the Kaduna Sector Command on Wednesday, Oyeyemi gave the directive saying that a Federal High Court in its judgment last week granted the FRSC the mandate to enforce the use of the speed limit device.
Oyeyemi reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari has given his approval for the enforcement of the speed device and the legal hurdle had been cleared, but the agency is waiting for the House of Representative’s report before commencement is enforced.
The FRSC boss who says losing the active group of our population is unacceptable as 50 per cent of crashes in the country were speed related, adds that there is a need to cut down the speed of vehicles in any way possible and this should be a welcome development to the citizens.
According to the Corps Marshal, President Buhari was worried about the situation and had given FRSC all the support it needed to meet its mandate, including provision of additional patrol vehicles, ambulances, administrative and recovery vehicles to ease operations.
The agency whose major mandate is to ensure road safety and reduce road crashes must therefore justify the trust bestowed on it by government which has already shown commitment to the cause on its own part, Oyeyemi says.
Oyeyemi further advocates for motor park campaigns to be carried out regularly to educate drivers on why they must drive to stay alive and save lives.