FRSC Zonal Command Commends Commuters on Safety Consciousness
By Bashir Hassan Abubakar
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Zone 12, Assistant Corps Marshal Rotimi T. Adeleye (MNIM) has commended the level of road safety consciousness exhibited by commuters during the yuletide period.
The zonal commander also expressed his satisfaction with the level of Road Safety compliance witnessed so far in the on-going Operation Zero Tolerance for Traffic Crashes 2020 (OZ-2020) while monitoring the Mobile Court sittings within the Zone.
According to ACM Adeleye, the level of enforcement of traffic rules was high and the level of compliance was commendable even though the Special Patrol would continue till Friday 15 January, 2021.
He reiterated that the Operation Zero Special Patrol included enforcements of traffic infractions through Mobile Court Sittings, Traffic Control at gridlock-prone junctions, Traffic Counts and mounting of Help Areas (Ambulance Points) to provide prompt rescue services to crash victims.
The Zonal Commanding Officer however, observed that within the first phase of the Mobile Court Sittings in Bauchi, Toro, Azare and Bara, 157 traffic offenders were arraigned before the Courts, 145 where convicted of various traffic offences while 12 were discharged.
“On the other hand, some Fleet Operators that transverses the zone have been observed for recklessness. The transport companies (names withheld) have been pencilled for official sanctioning in liaison with the FRSC Transport Safety Office at the National Headquarters in accordance with the Fleet Operators Guidelines”.
He noted that non-installation of the speed limiting device, overloading and over Speeding were the most prevalent offences committed by motorists and called on motorists to obey traffic regulations for their safety and those of other road users.
ACM Adeleye charged all commuters to ensure they observed the COVID-19 protocols of physical distancing, regular washing of hands and use of face masks while travelling on the roads.
ACM Adeleye also noted that in line with FRSC advice, traders have moved away from the highways, thereby enhancing the safety of the roads within the zone during the yuletide.
He admonished that, “the trend should continue in order to sustain the safety of the roads around the markets while the Commands will continue to intensify efforts on road safety public education.
Adeleye also solicited the cooperation of the motoring public and major stakeholders to ensure safer roads in year 2021.
Our correspondent reports that the zonal command comprises Bauchi, Borno and Yobe States.