Reporter : LAWRENCE NWOKEDI
The Commissioner for Transport in Abia State, Chief Godswill Nwanoruo, says government is to checkmate the sale of alcholic drinks at various motor parks in the state to reduce the rate of road crashes.
Chief Nwanoruo stated this during the Ember Month Road Safety Campaign organized by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Abia State command in Umuahia.
He noted that most crashes that occurred were as a result of alcholic inducement on the side of drivers.
The Transport Commissioner advised motorists to alwrtetays ensure that they obeyed all traffic rules and regulations.
He promised to partner FRSC in its efforts to reduce road crashes to barest minimum.
The Sector Commander FRSC, Abia State, Mr. Meshach Jatau, said the corps had in the last eleven months recorded 79 road crashes in the state.
Forty-four persons lost their lives in the incidents while three hundred fifty-two sustained various degrees of injury.
Mr. Jatau listed dangerous and reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, use of worn-out tyres and over loading of vehicles as some of causes of road crashes.
The Vice chairman Drivers welfare Association Abia state l, Mr. Ejike Ogbonnaya, commended FRSC for organizing the program and pledged their support towards ensuring safety on the road.
The event featured a free medical check of Blood Pressure (BP) check for the participants