The Ogun State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps , said the corps had deployed 1,700 personnel for special patrol for the yuletide period, to oversee traffic situations on highways across the State.
Oladele said this on Monday in a statement he issued in Abeokuta.
He said the personnel who comprise regular and Special Marshals are expected to monitor traffic situations on Lagos – Ibadan; Sagamu – Ijebu Ode; Sagamu – Mosinmi – Ikorodu; Abeokuta – Sagamu; Abeokuta – Ibadan; Abeokuta – Ifo – Sango – Ota – Lagos highways, as well as the Ota – Idiroko international corridor.
According to him ,the FRSC has
provided the personnel with 35 patrol vehicles; four Advanced Live Support Ambulances; five patrol motorbikes; breathalysers for testing drivers for drugs and alcohol consumption and excruciating machines for rescuing trapped crash victims.
He said the Special Patrol operations would commence for Thursday, December 19, 2019 to January 20, 2020.
The Sector Commander added that the Special Patrol Operations team would focus on, excessive speed; dangerous driving; wrongful overtaking; lane indiscipline; use of phone while driving; seat belt violation and overloading violation.
Others are ; tyre violation (expired/ substandard) as well as speed limiting device violation; unlatched vehicles violation; child restraint violation; passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and use of drugs and intoxicating.
He added that traffic control areas would be manned by FRSC with assistance from other security and emergency agencies to ensure easy intervention to traffic distress from the boundaries of Ogun State with neighbouring states of Lagos, Oyo and Ondo States.
Oladele also added that the Command had established traffic rest area at Mowe; Sagamu; Ogere; Ogunmakin; IJebu – Ode; Itori; Ota and Abeokuta, where tired travellers could briefly rest before continuing their trips.
The FRSC boss added that the Command had also concluded arrangements with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to conduct a joint drug test on drivers suspected to have consumed illicit drugs, as well as, those that have consumed intoxicant alcoholic beverages beyond the legally tolerable level.
He also said that eye examinations would be conducted in partnership with the National Optometric Association (NOA), to ensure only drivers with good eye sights are allowed to drive passengers during the yuletide.
“The FRSC Ogun state Command has also embarked on aggressive motor parks public enlightenment campaigns across the state.
“To this end the FRSC has concluded arrangements with the NDLEA to conduct joint drug test on drivers suspected to have consumed illicit drugs as well as those that have consumed intoxicant alcoholic beverages beyond the legally tolerable level .
“In addition, eye examinations would be conducted in partnership with the
National Optometrics Association (NOA) , to ensure only drivers with good eye sights are allowed to drive passengers during the Yuletide .
“Motorists traveling during this period to celebrate with their loved ones are advised to be extra careful and ensure their journies are properly planned, with their vehicles routinely serviced , while paying special attention to construction areas where overtaking is prohibited and maximum speed is perked at 50km per hour, especially at construction zones where traffic is diverted.”
The FRSC Ogun State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Clement Oladele, has appealed to motorists to demonstrate the reason of this season by showing love to fellow road users by sharing the road responsibly and obeying traffic rules to arrive home safely to celebrate with their loved ones.
The Sector Commander urged motorists to imbibe the theme of this year’s Special Patrol Operations of ” Road Safety is a state of mind , traffic crash is an absence of mind – stay safe , stay alert”.
The Sector Commander therefore warned that any motorist apprehended flouting traffic rules during the Yuletide may be treated as driving dangerously and could be prosecuted.