Nigeria’s road safety commission has beefed up safety measures and deployed some 25,000 personnel across the country ahead of the Christmas festive season, a spokesperson said here on Thursday.

Bisi Kazeem, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) spokesperson, told reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital, that the effort was part of activities to commence its “Operation Zero Tolerance for Road Traffic Crashes,” which began on Wednesday and would last till Jan. 15, 2019.

“We have also deployed patrol vehicles, advanced life support ambulances, heavy duty trucks, patrol motorbikes, reflective jackets, and breathalyzers among others,” he added.

He said the measures were all in a bid to reduce the number of accidents on the roads.

According to him, no fewer than 200 mobile courts had been set up nationwide, meaning that some people might eventually spend their Christmas behind bars.

He urged drivers and motorists to drive to stay alive as only the living celebrate.

Nigeria records high fatality rates for road accidents mainly due to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles and violation of traffic rules. Enditem

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