By Jude Atupulazi
A total of 23 deaths have been recorded in Anambra State in road accidents over the past one month. The Anambra State sector of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) gave this disclosure last Tuesday in Awka.
It also said 33 road crashes were recorded within the period under review.
The Sector Commander, Adeoye Irelewuyi, disclosed this to Journalists adding that 72 persons sustained varying degrees of injury from the road crashes during the period.
He said 473 persons were arrested for various offences, adding that they were all booked, while others were prosecuted; even as he attributed the crashes to speed limit violations.
He said, ‘We commenced ”Operation Zero Crash Special Patrol” on December 17, 2021, which ended on January 15, 2022. This is part of strategies targeted at minimizing road traffic crashes during the yuletide.
‘The number of deaths increased compared to previous years. While we recorded 23 deaths within the period, seven deaths were recorded in 2020 and 2021.’
Irelewuyi said the state recorded a larger percentage of free traffic flow all through the period, especially on the Niger Bridge, adding, ‘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 toll trucks; two on both sides, which assisted in removing every obstruction as quickly as possible.
‘The command also resolved that direct supervision would be needed to implement whatever strategy available. That informed the temporary relocation of the Sector Commander to the commercial city,’ Irelewuyi said.
The FRSC boss advised motorists against speeding, adding that there was the need for motorists to be cautious while on the road to ensure they arrived safely at their destinations.