The Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) has disclosed that three thousand seven hundred people lost their lives in vehicular accidents between January and October 2022 across the country.
The acting Corp Marshal Dauda Ali Biu gave this information at an event to commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Crash victims.
The theme for the event is “Justice act for low speed , act for low speed streets “ in Abuja .
A report by United Nations shows that every year, 1.35 million persons are killed and another over fifty million persons injured, with some permanently maimed from road traffic crashes across the globe .
In Nigeria roads accidents are usually caused by reckless driving , lack of awareness about traffic rules and regulations, possible intoxication and other factors.
Most of drivers involved are often hit and run as they do not want to be held accountable for their actions by other citizens , authorities, and families of their victims.
To mark this day of commemoration, the Federal Road Safety Corps has pledged to step up its collaboration with relevant stakeholders, to put an end to it.
They are seeking speedy justice for crash victims and their families .
Acting Corp Marshal Dauda Ali Biu at the event explained that the three thousand seven hundred persons killed this year should be an eye opener for everyone to comply with traffic regulations in order to prevent these incidents.
He also represented the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will ensure the enforcement of existing safety laws to ensure offenders are several punished, in order to serve as a deterrent to others .
Stakeholders who have lost family members due to road traffic crashes want the Federal Government to set up trauma centres equipped with professionals to counsel victims and families.
The WHO Head of Mission to Nigeria Walter Kazadi Mulombo, was represented by technical officer Mary Dewan at the event
She disclosed that WHO has developed a 2021 to 2030 global plan, with an ambitious target of preventing at least fifty percent of road traffic deaths and injuries .
Wreaths were laid in honor of citizens who lost their lives as result of road traffic crashes .
In order to reduce the rate of road traffic crashes across the country, Federal Road Safety Corps is appealing to all citizens comply with road rules and regulations.