Gombe records 262 road crashes in 10 months

The Gombe Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps said a total of 262 car crashes involving 1,535 persons was recorded in the state from January to October 30, 2019.

The Sector Commander, Dr Godwin Omiko, said out of the 1,535 casualties recorded, 133 lost their lives, while others sustained varying degrees of injury.

Giving a breakdown of the figures, he explained that 781 persons sustained burns and other categories of injuries, while 226 motorcycles and tricycles, 137 cars and buses, and 59 pickups, trucks and tankers were involved in the crashes.

Omiko said, “From past experience, crashes increase during the ‘ember’ months for obvious reasons. But I think that collectively, we can say no and reverse the trend through our conscious effort at avoiding all that can lead to crashes this season.

“Millions of lives can be saved and injuries prevented if we obey road safety laws and avoid excessive speed, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, use of telephones while driving, dangerous overtaking, dangerous and reckless driving as well as obedience to traffic lights and traffic officers.”

He added that roads should be designed for the safety of all road users.

“This means ensuring adequate facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Measures like footpaths, cycling lanes, safe crossing points and traffic calming measures are critical to reducing the risk of injury among road users,” Omiko stated.

The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu III, who was represented at the presentation of the figures by the Oba of Yoruba residents in Gombe, Alhaji Abdulraheem, enjoined drivers to cooperate with the FRSC by obeying traffic rules, “respect road signs, cooperate with FRSC officials for your safety on the highway.”

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