According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, 30, 126 people died in Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) between 2011 and 2015.
The Nation reports that Oyeyemi said that RTCs have negatively impacted the nation’s economy.
He said that:“three per cent of our annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) totaling about $131, 817,676,080 has been lost to RTCs between 1960 and 2014.”
According to The Nation, Oyeyemi disclosed these in Abuja at a meeting with members of the local chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), led by its President, Herbert Nwaka.
He said that 341, 040 persons were rescued by FRSC officials from RTCs during the beriop under review.
Oyeyemi said: “Review of the Highway Code is currently on-going. The Corps seeks the support of ASSE on safe tyre usage because of the negative effects of expired and Tokunbo tyres on road users.”
“The total number of persons involved in RTCs between 2011 and 2015 is 371,166. The total number of persons killed in RTCs between 2011 and 2015 is 30, 126 and total number of persons rescued alive in RTC’s between 2011 and 2015 is 341, 040.”
“As a way of reducing speed-induced fatality, FRSC has introduced the speed limiting initiative. Phase one commences with commercial vehicles with effect from October 1. RTCs have had direct negative impact on our economy.”
“We also seek collaboration in the area of exchange of ideas between the FRSC and ASSE promote the emergency number 122. Work together in attending the programme on safety. Promote road safety management in Nigeria. Raise issues for submission to the government” he said.
Source: The Nation