The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps has flagged off the 2018 EMBER months campaign in Sagamu, with a Road Safety Summit, to remind motorists on safe driving during and after the ‘’ember’’ months.
Speaking at the Summit tagged, “Operation Keep Ogun State Road Traffic Free and Safe for All Road Users”, held at the Remo Traditional Council Hall, Ita Oba, Sagamu, the TRACE Corps Commander/Chief Executive, Cdr. ‘Seni Ogunyemi, told road users, especially motorcycle riders, that the importance of driving safely, with the use of crash helmets cannot be overemphasised, urging them to exercise caution while on road, so as to stay alive.
Represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of the Corps, Commander Michael Ajayi, Ogunyemi, he underscored the need for road users not to compromise on their safety while plying the highways.
“It is pertinent to note here that road traffic crashes do not have any connection with people’s belief that there is a bad omen associated with the Ember Months, but it can be traced to the attitude of motorists, motorcycle riders and other road users. We realise that reckless driving, disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other forms of road vices among drivers, especially Okada riders, who in the process of having so much on their minds and operating under the influence of alcohol, loses their sense of judgement, thereby causing accidents”, Ogunyemi noted.
The Divisional Commander, Sagamu command, Commander Babatunde Aiyeola, who hosted the event, revealed that the Sagamu command will continue to sensitise people on best road practices, which would help them throughout the ember months and beyond.
He said a task force will be set up with other sister agencies to enforce traffic rules and regulations against impatience of motorcycle riders, especially one-way driving among drivers and riders, advising road users to always be patient and law abiding.
“We are setting up a taskforce with other stakeholders just to enforce compliance to traffic regulations. Those offenders caught will be made to go through intensive training and re-training, and they will also be made to sign an undertaking with their union members present, that they would not flout traffic rules and regulations again”, Aiyeola said.