Reporter : ONYINYE CHIJIOBI
The Anambra State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it recorded 245 road crashes in 2020.
The Sector Commander FRSC in the state, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi, gave the figure while speaking with Radio Nigeria in his office in Awka.
Mr. Kumapayi noted that of the number, 59 were fatal, 145 serious while 41 were minor.
He explained that about 83 people were killed in the crashes in the state from January to December 2020, compared to 93 in 2019.
The FRSC boss, who assured motorists that the Corps would not relent in its efforts to reduce carnage on the highways, explained that over 3,000 traffic offenders were arrested within the same period for various offences, including overloading, seat belt use violation and riding of a motorcycle without helmets.
Others include: driving with shattered windscreen and driver’s license violations.
The Sector Commander attributed most of the road crashes and deaths that occurred on various routes in the state to overspeeding.
Mr. Kumapayi urged the motoring public to co-operate with the FRSC in preventing incessant crashes on the roads.
He further appealed to motorists to desist from buying used and fake tyres to save lives and property
The sector Commander, however, encouraged drivers to obey traffic rules and regulations as well as cooperate with traffic officers to make roads safe for everyone.
While enumarating the achievements of the Corps in 2020, Mr. Kumapayi expressed joy that Anambra Sector Command came third last year in the national rating done by the corps.