The Transition Committee Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Alhaji Wasiu Lawal has admonished road users to exercise maximum caution on the roads, to avoid accident, especially during the ‘Ember Months’.
Hon. Lawal gave the admonition during the flag-off of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), awareness progrmme, tagged ” Drive Safe, Stay Safe” at Ijoko Tipper Park, Sango-Ota.
According to the LG boss, there is need for motorists to exercise patience, when going about their daily activities, encouraging them to embrace defensive driving and refrain from using phones while driving to avoid distraction that could lead to loss of lives and property.
Speaking, the Ogun State Sector Commander, FRSC, Ahmed Umar said lack of consideration for human lives, as well as environmental and mechanical factors are responsible for crashes in ‘Ember Months,’ as against the popular insinuations attached to it.
Umar assured that FRSC would be on the highways during the yuletide season to commence testing of motorists likely suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, warning that anyone caught would be prosecuted.
“FRSC yearly event was to enlighten and remind motorists about the importance of strict adherence to traffic rules, as yuletide season is fast approaching which is characterised by increase in human and vehicular movements, which sometimes result in road accident, if necessary measures are not put in place”, the State Commander said.
Contributing, Olota of Ota, Oba Professor Abdulkabir Obalanlege, commended the initiative, saying government alone can not meet the needs of the people
Olota emphasised that government should endeavour to do its own part, while the government enforcement agencies would be on the road to apprehend any erring driver who drives against traffic.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Commander, FRSC Ota Unit, Commander Akeem Ganiyu said the ‘Ember Months’ campaign is primarily occasioned to create awareness to road users on the need to drive safe to stay safe.
Ganiyu warned motorists against infractions as route violation, driving under influence of alcohol and drugs, noting that FRSC would ensure continuous enlightenment using different means, such as the media, discussion, debate, among others.
In his remark, the commander, Area 4 Command, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, (TRACE), Adekunle Ajibade said increase in the rate of accidents across the State due to carelessness on the part of road users, stressing the need for motorists to reduce their speed while driving.
ZIO, Ado-Ota LG