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By Adedapo Adesanya
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed more than 30,000 of its officers and men to begin the year-end Special Patrol labeled Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Accidents in an effort to save lives and ensure safe travel this Christmas time.
The Corps also set up 15 traffic control camps, 27 aid zones and 46 ambulance points, along Nigeria’s critical routes to complement operational and public education efforts.
The routes to be covered are the Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi corridor, Jos-Bauchi-Gombe, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi, the Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor, the Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos corridor, Abuja- Kaduna-Kano Corridor, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo Corridor, Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile Corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri Corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu Corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos Corridor, among others.
Corps public education officer Mr. Bisi Kazeem added that operational equipment is also deployed and includes: patrol vehicles, resuscitation ambulances, heavy tow trucks, medium and light tow trucks. , patrol motorcycles, extrication machines, reflective vests, traffic cones, patrol boats and radar guns.
Others are breathalyzers, cameras, electronic tablets, alcoholizers, walkie-talkies, CUGs, and tire pressure gauges.
In addition to the deployment of the above operational tools, and in pursuit of better service delivery and efficient patrol operations, the Corps Marshal has invested more in advanced information and communication technologies to strengthen its operations.
The new technology, which includes body cameras and fully deployed vehicle cameras, will be used for patrol operations, traffic surveillance and surveillance, rescue operations and the collection of real-time information for shooting. decision.
While noting that the operation has already started, the spokesperson revealed that it will be foreclosed on January 15, 2022.
He highlighted the objectives of the operation as follows: Reduction of traffic accidents, deaths and injuries; Ensure travelers comply with the COVID-19 2021 Health Protection Regulations; Rapid intervention with road accident victims; Elimination of obstacles; Ensure the flow of traffic; engage in aggressive public education; and providing travel advisories.
In his words; “The targeted application that Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has instructed all officers to tackle is not limited to excessive speed, dangerous driving and overtaking, violation of tires, indiscipline lanes, road obstructions, phone use while driving, overloading, violation of seat belts, child safety, violation of the manifest of passengers, mechanically impaired vehicles and vehicles carrying vehicles unlocked containers â.
In addition, Mr Kazeem said that the Corps Marshal, who believes that an accident-free celebration is possible, also instructed all senior officers of the FRSC Academy, FRSC training schools and those at national headquarters who have They have also been deployed to different parts of the country to take over to ensure that the Corps’ mandate to travel safely is met.
In this regard, the corps marshal ordered that mobile courts sit throughout the operation across the country and that all orders must remain on alert after January 15, 2022, to have a 2022 almost without accident, if possible.
In accordance with the above, the special patrol is to operate in teams as follows from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and night rescue teams are to be on standby at all operational commands.
The corps will participate in the exercise in collaboration with Special Marshals, en route or resident military units, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps, the State Security Department, vendors. state-owned / NGO ambulance services, the National Network on Emergency Rescue Services (NNERS) and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
While urging officers and men to show special consideration and attention to road users in accordance with the service orientation of the corps, the marshal of the corps further called on Nigerians to cooperate with law enforcement officers and to ensure maximum compliance with all restrictions and physical distancing guidelines.
He also said National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM will continue to operate 24/7 to provide real-time traffic updates. As such, he called on all travelers to take advantage of the Station, the Situation Office numbers: 07054005754, 07054005712 08056294021/08056295022, and toll-free numbers FRSC 122 to report any obstacle, accident or traffic jam observed on the road to rapid intervention from the nearest command.