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Fatality on Nigerian highways reduced by 18.6 percent during the period spanning Christmas of 2018 to early days of 2019, an official with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said Friday.

FRSC’s spokesperson Bisi Kazeem disclosed this in the Corps’ end-of-year special patrol report issued in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The special patrol, which commenced on Dec. 20, 2018 and lasted till Tuesday, is an annual exercise initiated by the organization to tackle some of the challenges on the road, including obstruction and gridlocks.

The number of people who died in road mishaps during the period dropped from 338 in 2017 to 275 in 2018, he said, adding that the figure showed a difference of 63, representing 18.6 percent.

The spokesperson added that 2018 exercise came with different innovations, including the establishment of additional help areas and deployment of more personnel and logistics.

Others, he said, included the creation of alternative routes for motorists and greater coverage of crash-prone corridors across the country by the organisation.

Kazeem said the 2018 report showed obvious improvement in certain areas over that of 2017, noting that the report further showed that 1,964 people were injured in 2018 as against 2,040 recorded in 2017.

He said the most frequent offenses recorded during the patrol included seat belt and tyre violations, riding motorcycle without helmets and speed limit violation. Enditem

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