FRSC takes ’don’t drink and drive road safety campaign’ to Abuja park
As activities and events associated with the ember months period continue to pick up, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, last week took its ‘Don’t Drink and Drive Road Safety Campaign’ to motorists at Utako motor park.
The road safety sensitization campaign which is a partnership between the FRSC and Nigerian Breweries Plc, was organized to sensitize motorists on the danger of driving and drinking.
Speaking at the event, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said the enlightenment drive is deliberately structured to compliment all ongoing road safety campaigns especially during the ember period.
The FRSC boss, who was represented by Yahaya Gojara, stressed that the Corps through the initiative, a nationwide exercise intends to create awareness among road users in the FCT and the country at large, which explains why for the past 9 years the FRSC has been collaborating with Nigerian Breweries Plc.
Stressing the importance of key stakeholders working together towards improving safety on Nigerian roads, the corps marshal enjoined all to take up the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ initiative, so as to rereduce incidences of road crashes on the roads.
Earlier, in his opening remark, Sector Commander, FRSC-FCT Command, Mr. Sunday Oghenekaro, noted that drink-driving has been fingered as being responsible for a great percentage of preventable road crashes around the world.
He said the ingestion of alcohol before or while driving is a potent source of danger and may directly or indirectly contribute to and manifest in any or all of the unwanted/unsafe acts by motorists including pedestrians’ action posing danger and resulting in loss of property, injury and sometimes death.
He said: “Road safety is both a personal and collective responsibility and we must therefore take responsible proactive steps towards preventing any excesses that may jeopardize our safety on the trend.
“Interestingly, whereas in the past emphasis with regards to alcohol ingestion and traffic safety has been focused on drivers, alcohol/drug ingestion by pedestrians could also be a ready source of danger to the pedestrian, motorists and other road users.
“Alcohol, we must appreciate lowers the psycho-motor skills, reduces reaction time and reaction time to emergencies and general driver performance behind the wheels.
“It also affects the pedestrians’ judgment with regards to speed of oncoming vehicle or even the need to use such safety facilities as marked pedestrian crossing or foot bridges for safe passage from one end of the road to the other.”
On his part, Deputy State Chairman-FCT of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaji, who described the awareness rally as a welcome development, said they have stopped the selling of alcoholic drinks in motor parks.