Over 80 per cent of avoidable road mishaps on the nation’s highways are caused by the carelessness
of drivers, Osun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mrs Aderonke Daniel has said.
She suggested regular training and retraining of drivers and the promotion of events that can help impact on road users, positive road safety practices with a view to promoting a good driving culture.-
Daniel who made the remarks in Osogbo, Osun State, while speaking during the third edition of the Best Driver of the Year 2008 Competition, also said that for sanity to reign on the roads, every road user must be ready to play his role in ensuring safety.
Drivers, according to her, had formed the habit of driving recklessly, which has contributed to the high risk on Nigerian roads over the time.
She condemned selling of alcoholic drink (paraga) at motor parks in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
She admonished commercial drivers to be cautious at all times and realize that they have responsibilities over their passengers, especially during this raining season, adding that motorists should endeavour to maintain their vehicles.
“The issue of preventing road traffic accidents deserves the best of our collective efforts more than ever before, especially now that the state capital is fast growing,” she said.
Daniel also used the occasion to commend the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade for donating a trophy for the competition.
Speaking at the occasion, the state Head of service, Mr Segun Akinwusi who represented the governor said that the state government would always provide necessary support for programmes aimed at reducing road traffic accidents in the state.
Akinwusi called on the FRSC to do something about people who use sand to block roads, adding that many lives have been lost as a result of such illegal acts.