Anambra State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi has urged motorists to resist the temptation of reckless driving and violation of stipulated speed limits to reduce high incidences of road traffic crashes.
Irelewuyi gave the advice in Awka while visiting accident victims at the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku together with the Road Safety Officers’ Wives Association (ROSOWA).
The visit is part of the week long activities marking the 2021 World Day for the Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims with the theme: “Act for Low Speeds/Act for Low Speed Streets” and slogan: “Remember, Support and Act”.
He said: “We want to appeal to road users on the need to imbibe safety precautions on the road to make our road safe and prevent unnecessary loss of lives. Adhere to speed limit, and imbibe a safe-driving culture.
“Do not yield to the temptation of reckless driving or violation of stipulated speed limit. Speed thrills but it kills too. Compliance to safety regulations is the most important thing; we need to comply with the rules to stay alive
“Let me remind us that road safety is everybody’s business, we need the collaboration and support of government, corporate bodies, religious bodies, traditional rulers, academic institutions and indeed, all and sundry to address the problem of road accidents.”
Public Relations Officer, ROSOWA, Mrs Anne Eke, while sympathising with the accident victims also urged motorists to drive with patience, care and courtesy.
“We visit accident victims annually to sympathise and empathise with them as well as give them relief materials.
“So, we are using the World Day for the Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims to urge road user to be more patient while driving and careful while driving, “Eke said.
Responding, Head, Nursing Services, COOUTH, Mrs Augustina Ezeanoro who received the members of ROSOWA on behalf of the hospital management thanked the group for their kind gesture.
The World Day for the Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims would be concluded tomorrow at St.Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, with a thanksgiving service and prayer for the souls of the dead.