Low literacy among motorists’ responsible for high rate of crashes on highways - FRSC Official

Low literacy among motorists’ responsible for high rate of crashes on highways - FRSC Official

- Low literacy is one of the reasons for car crashes in Nigeria

- According to FRSC, most drivers do not understand the Highway Code

- The sector commander revealed that some drivers mix and overloads human beings with animals or goods, and drive on high speed

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Katsina State, has attributed high rates of road crashes on highways to low level of literacy among motorists.

Ali Tanimu, the Sector Commander stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Katsina.

He said that most drivers do not understand the Highway Code.

‘’They either don’t buy them or they do not care to read and understand it. Most of the crashes are avoidable if the motorists will abide by the laid down traffic rules and regulations,’’ he said.

The sector commander said that most drivers don’t know where to overtake, thereby causing accidents on the highways.

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‘’Due to the nature of our roads, some drivers overtake on a bridge, sharp bends or hilly areas where they cannot see far distance.

‘’In most cases, what will happen is either the vehicle will jump into the bridge or it will have a head-on collision with another vehicle,’’ he said.

Tanimu further said that making phone calls while driving also contributes to high rates of accidents on highways.

‘’Some of the drivers even went to the extent of checking or writing SMS text messages while driving, and the worst part of it, is that the passengers will just keep quiet,’’ he said

The sector commander revealed that some drivers mix and overloads human beings with animals or goods, and drive on high speed.

According to him, in such circumstances, when there is an accident, it will be a fatal, and advised drivers not exceed 100 speed limits for safety of passengers.

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‘’If you want to travel far, you should have to start the journey in good time to avoid overspending.”

The sector commander further urged motorists to ensure that their vehicles have good head lamps if they want to travel in the night; good tyres and no mechanical fault.

He explained that all those were contained in the code, as such drivers should endeavour to study it.

Tanimu also urged passengers not to be passive; take registration number of vehicle they boarded, so that they can report the driver to the nearest security check point in case of reckless driving for prompt action.

He added that the FRSC would continue to enlighten motorists on road safety to reduce fatalities during road accidents.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that motorists are only allowed to use Google map with the aid of car-holding phone devices.

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FRSC corps marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said this on Wednesday, January 8, in Abuja.

Legit.ng gathered that the FRSC boss warned that anyone caught holding their phone in their hands while using the map will be arrested and prosecuted.

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