The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that driving against traffic was a major cause of road accident in the Nigeria.
The Akwa Ibom State Sector Commander of FRSC, Matthew Olonisaye, disclosed this on Friday, August 13, 2021 during a public enlightenment campaign organised for drivers and other road users in Uyo, the state capital.
The sector commander explained that the exercise was to sensitise drivers and other road users to imbibe discipline while making use of the road.
He lamented that so many motorists have been culpable of road infractions such as reckless driving and usage of malfeasant vehicles which according to him always lead to road crashes.
His words, “We have noticed with dismay several trend of infractions, especially among commercial drivers, who are supposed to be above board compared to other categories of drivers.
“These infractions includes driving against traffic known as one way, driving mechanically deficient vehicles, lane indiscipline, use of phone while driving and overloading.
“This trend if not stopped may contribute to road traffic crashes which is contrary to what the FRSC vision, which is to eradicate road traffic crashes and create safe motoring environment.”
The sector commander said that with the good road network in the state, drivers and all road users must contribute their efforts by observing road discipline while making use of the road.
Olonisaye commended the state government and the ministry of transport for the support accorded the agency.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Transport, Uno Etim Uno, pledged the ministry’s support to ensure that drivers registered their vehicles to ensure proper monitoring.
Uno, who was represented by Akpan Ekpeneobong, Chief Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) said there was need for drivers and all road users to improve on their attitude while on the road.
Speaking on behalf of the commercial vehicle operators in the state, Effiong Etim, assured that drivers would adhere to traffic rules to ensure safety on road.