FRSC laments lack of cranes on highways

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Edo, Delta, Anambra zonal command implements measures to reduce accidents

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), on Thursday, attributed its inability to remove crashed vehicles and victims from accident scenes to its inability to acquire heavy duty cranes.

Wole Olaniran, the FRSC Zonal Commander in charge of Edo, Delta and Anambra, told journalists in Benin that the FRSC was committed to ensuring that the roads within the zone were safe for motorists and other users to drive on, and added that the commission had reduced “response time to accident scenes to less than 20 minutes from the time of the receipt of any distress call.?

?Unfortunately, our operations in rescue and evacuation of crashed vehicles and victims from accident scenes are made difficult as we do not have heavy duty cranes,” Olaniran explained.

?Because we rely on sister agencies and private collaborators to make these cranes available, the logistics involved increases our time of response and thus hinders our evacuation operations.?

According to him, because transportation is at the heart of government?s agenda, “FRSC, will contribute its quota to ensure that the transport sector is healthy, safe and secure for all Nigerians. In this regard, FRSC is determined to deliver on its mandate, as it is ready to chart a new course.”

?Our plan, therefore, is to ensure that our visibility on the highway is increased massively in enforcement and in rescue of accident victims in the event of road crash,” Olaniran said.

?And to have a robust public enlightenment to ensure that the people are educated on the dangers of reckless driving on the road. These are the issues we are bringing into the front burner in our strategy.?

The commander explained that his command was trying to ensure that the level of fatality in some notable accident prone black spots in the states under his zone was reduced to the barest minimum.

He named corridors to include the Auchi-Benin; Onitsha-Owerri; Onitsha-Enugu and the Ore-Benin highways.

Olaniran said that part of the measure evolved was the mobile squad weekly patrol, which were special operations carried out on the corridors to curtail the speed limits of motorists, as well as create in the minds of road users their presence on the roads.

He urged motorists, other road users and Good Samaritans to always call the FRSC on a toll-free line, 122, to assist the corps in responding promptly to accident scenes and to increase the possibility of saving lives.

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