FRSC partners with media to reduce traffic accidents on highways

FRSC partners with media to reduce traffic accidents on highways


The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Thursday that increased coordination with the media will ensure proper flow of information to save lives and minimize highway carnage.

Mr. Basset Esiette, Delta Force Command FRSC Sector Commander, said this while inaugurating a one-day free driving training for journalists in Delta.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise was organized by the Corps’ National Command in Asaba on Thursday.

Essiette explained that the Corps' main responsibility is to prevent road accidents and save lives, not to generate revenue for the government.

To achieve this, he said the Corps had put in place all necessary tools, including involving various stakeholders and media to convey safety messages to motorists and all road users.

The Road Safety Director said that the training aims to equip journalists with the necessary knowledge about the obligations, rights and obligations of organizations and road users.

He added that the training is a platform to disseminate information, especially to promote good posture and self-control among drivers when driving.

Esiette said the FRSC has devised ways to track down criminals and appropriate penalties for various crimes to act as a deterrent.

He condemned the trend of truck drivers letting passengers sit on top of their cargo, adding that task forces have been set up across the country to arrest violators.

The road safety chief pointed out that a positive attitude, discipline and tolerance are important attributes of a good driver and safe driving.

He asked drivers to avoid competitive attitudes while driving and show love and compassion to other road users to avoid and minimize road accidents.

“Road accidents are a menace and we should all come together to fight this. I therefore urge journalists and all stakeholders to work with us to minimize the infection in Nigeria. “I am calling on you to do so,” he said.

In his lecture titled 'Dangerous Driving Practices and Defensive Driving Skills', Training Director Mr Ikechukwu Nwizu said road accidents can be caused by drivers applying their knowledge of traffic rules and road signs. Stated.

He said road accidents can be minimized if drivers avoid speeding, especially in dangerous spots, and ensure they get enough rest and maintain their vehicles properly.

“Driving requires 100 percent concentration, so avoid using mobile phones, excessive discussion, and the use of drowsy drugs or alcohol while driving,” he said.

However, Nwizu, who noted that the driving age ranges from 18 to 70 years, said bad decisions and dangerous driving can result in loss of life, economic damage and children becoming orphans.

Earlier, the Delta Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Churchill Oyowe, thanked the FRSC for providing training to his colleagues in the state.

He said this would provide the necessary skills to ensure life safety on the roads and promote responsible and safe driving skills among journalists and other road users.

“As journalists, we are often on the road, covering important events and stories to keep the public informed.

“It is therefore essential that we have the skills and knowledge necessary to keep us and others safe on the roads,” he said.

Source: guardian.ng

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