Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it is discouraging people from night travels because of its inherent dangers. It says night journeys are not the best for anyone especially with the security situation in the country.
The commission noted that roads are not likely to be friendly when people travel at night as help may not come whenever there is an emergency because of the sinister nature of night.
The commission equally observed that vision would be hindered during night travels, pointing out that commuters and road users should endeavour to plan their journeys to suit daytime travel to avoid misfortunes of the night.
Anambra sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Sunday Michael Ajayi, who made this known to newsmen at the commission’s headquarters in Awka, explained further that Anambra state had improved on its casualty level. He stressed that the collaboration by the commission and the motoring public had led to the reduction of crashes on the highways.
He said the commission would commence its Ember Months Campaign In Anambra to draw attention to activities on the roads especially as the Yuletide approaches, adding that the aim of the flag-off was to add more impetus to the activities of the commission especially as it concerns traffic control for the remaining part of the year.
Ajayi stated that the significance of the Ember Months Campaign was also to draw attention of stakeholders to the upsurge in traffic as well as an astronomical increase in commercial activities even as the commission would intensify enforcement, public enlightenment, advocacy, collaborative activities and some other strategies to achieve sanity and safety on the roads to avoid mishaps and to enable travelers to enjoy their holidays.
He added that the commission was conscious of the deplorable conditions of Enugu-Onitsha highway especially from Nteje to Umunya axis of the road, noting that the development had culminated into congestions on the old road axis as motorists now concentrate on the old road to avoid traffic grid lock on the new road.
The sector commander however described the transport sector in Anambra state as dynamic but pointed out some regular traffic violations as evident in the use of mobile phones while driving, over-loading, and the failure of speed limiter installation.