The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Command has said that it has recorded 23 deaths from 33 road traffic crashes in the state between Dec. 17, 2021 to Jan. 15, 2022 and is also set for the New year to tackle road traffic crashes.
The Sector Commander, CC Adeoye Irelewuyi, told newsmen in Awka, that 72 persons sustained varying degrees of injury from the road crashes recorded.
Corps Commander Irelewuyi said that within the period under review, 473 persons were arrested for various offenses, and all of them were booked while some prosecuted.
He attributed the crashes to speed limit violation. “On Dec. 17, 2021, we commenced ‘Operation Zero Crash Special Patrol’, which ended on Jan. 15. This is part of strategies targeted at minimising road traffic crashes during the yuletide.
“The number of death increased compared to previous years. While we recorded 23 deaths within the period, seven deaths were recorded in 2020, ” he said.
Commander Irelewuyi further noted that “We were able to achieve free flow of traffic because there was collaboration with various security agencies as well as the governments of Anambra and Delta states.
“The Niger bridge traffic was flowing because we kept the bridge open. We had four tow trucks, two on both sides, which assisted in removing every obstruction as quickly as possible.
“The command also resolved that it’s Focus for the year 2022 is on speed reduction and reduction in fatalities on crashes” this which will be achieved through enforcement and aggressive public enlightenment via different means in the State.