The Kwara State branch of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disclosed the assignment of 950 personnel for special patrol operations during the Christmas and New Year period. Basambo Busari, the Public Education Officer of Kwara FRSC, announced this information in a statement released on Friday in Ilorin,leadership reports:
This deployment comprises 350 special marshals, 120 first respondents, 40 patrol vehicles, two power bikes, four ambulances, four private tow trucks, and a 70-ton tow truck specifically designated for operations during the festive season.
Busari emphasized that the surge in vehicular movement during the festive season necessitated these special operations. The objective is to address potential road traffic challenges associated with increased traffic across the state’s road networks.
Corps Commander Stephen Dawulung, the Sector Commander, strategically positioned personnel for traffic control at key points within Ilorin township and major cities across the state.
Dawulung urged motorists to adhere to traffic rules and regulations, highlighting the importance of avoiding speeding, overloading, obstruction, phone usage while driving, and violations of passenger manifest rules. He cautioned against driving vehicles with mechanical deficiencies, rickety vehicles, and worn-out tires.
The sector commander stressed the significance of avoiding night journeys and encouraged drivers to take a 30-minute rest after every 4-hour drive, prioritizing safety over financial gains.
The FRSC Kwara Command plans to conduct public enlightenment campaigns, organize a mega rally at interstate motor parks, make early morning announcements, hold advocacy sessions at places of worship and markets to educate motorists.
Furthermore, special traffic control operations will be carried out in Ilorin metropolis, with three traffic control camps established at Bode Saadu, Jebba, and Olooru to ease traffic congestion in these areas.
The FRSC’s deployment of heavy tow trucks, ambulances, and standby rescue teams along major highways within the state aims to ensure prompt clearance of obstructions and timely rescue operations.
This operation aligns with the FRSC’s 2023 Corporate Strategic Goals, specifically targeting a five percent reduction in road crash fatalities and injuries.
Dawulung urged motorists to exercise caution while driving and extended warm wishes for a joyful Christmas and New Year celebration to the residents of Kwara. (NAN)