On Tuesday, the Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Zone RS8SQ, Assistant Corps Marshal John Meheux inaugurated the Special Intervention Patrol along the Okene-Zariagi-Lokoja-Koton Karfe-Gegu corridor to arrest the increasing rate of fatal road accidents.
This corridor serves as gateway to about 26 states of the Federation and shares boundaries with the Federal Capital Territory.
The Zonal Commanding Officer stated that the Okene-Zariagi-Lokoja-koton Karfe-Gegu area, covering a distance of approximately 120 kilometres, within the first five months of the year had been the location of several road accidents involving no fewer than 786 people.
Out of the number, 79 people were killed, while 399 were injured in crashes involving 147 vehicles.
Meheux also said recklessness and impatience were two reasons for the high accident rate, adding that the command had chosen the area to inaugurate the exercise due to its importance as the busiest corridor in Nigeria, second only to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“Because of the large volume of traffic, road crashes are very high, leading to unacceptable deaths. But we have put this exercise in place to reverse the high accident rate,” Meheux said.
He said the operational focus would be to reduce speeding, adding that the use of speed limiter was necessary.