By: HABU MAISHANU, Dutse
Federal road Safety Corps in Jigawa has said, 150 people were killed in road traffic crashes and 556 injured in 2017.
Mr Angus Ibezim, Sector Commander of FRSC in Jigawa revealed this to journalists in an occasion in commemoration of FRSC at 30 on Thursday in Dutse, Jigawa State capital.
He explained that, the state recorded an increase of 36% in road accidents in 2017, compared to 2016, which were as a result of over speeding, loss of control and over loading.
“In 2017, a total of 4,649 offenders as against 3,714 in 2016 were arrested representing 20% increase. The most prevalent of which are seat belt use violation, Fire violation, failure to fix speed limiting device, number plate violation and over loading.
Mr Angus stated that, the road audit assessment embarked by FRSC in conjunction with federal ministry of works and Jigawa state on federal and state road revealed that, the roads required 2,045 signs in the state.
“We advise the appropriate quarters for action, as this will help in addressing some of the issues that led to crash in the state.
Mr Angus also explained that, the command is committed to educating and enlightening the motoring public as a means of reducing the rate of accident in the highways, through various media outlet in the state, all programs aims at inculcating better road use culture.
Also, the command, with the use of Mobile court, in 2017, 169 offenders were tried, 157 convicted and 12 discharged and acquitted.
Mr Angus called on stakeholders especially, the NURTW, NARTO and others to key into the policies and Programmes of the command, also called on state government to improve on provision of road signs and marking on state roads.
The sector commander also the press, in particular the leadership of NUJ for robust partnership in the sensitization of the motoring public on road safety issues and reportages.
Also, the security agencies in particular the Police, DSS, NSCDC among others for their continued synergy and support.