‘Stop blaming devil for road crashes’

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The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) has told the public not to associate road crashes during the “ember” months to evil manipulation.

It urged road users to observe and apply traffic rules and regulations for their safety and those of other road users.

TRACE Corps Commander and Chief Executive Officer, Seni Ogunyemi spoke through his media aide, Mrs. Olaide Ogundairo, at “ember” months’ sensitisation programmes, organised by Obantoko Divisional Command at Asero Motor Park in Abeokuta, the capital.

The TRACE chief, who was represented by the Acting Director of Training, Johnson Ale, admonished motorists and other road users to stop ascribing road crashes in the last four months of the year, popularly called “ember months”, to the devil.

He noted that every individual has a role to play in ensuring the safety of road users.

Ogunyemi admitted that high vehicular movement, religious and traditional festive activities, among others are usually higher during the months.

The TRACE chief urged commuters and motorists to be patient on the road during and after the season.

He added: “To avoid unnecessary road crashes during Yuletide, you need to reduce speed. Don’t overdrive your sight; be alert and watchful since visibility is usually impeded during harmattan. Look with your eyes and see with your mind. Avoid illegal overtaking and do not claim right of way.”

“If all these precautionary measures highlighted above are strictly adhered to, accident-free situation is achievable.”

The Divisional Commander of Obatoko Division, Mr Somuyiwa, noted that reckless driving, disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other forms of road vices among drivers also contributed to incessant killing of innocent people on the roads.

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