GOVERNOR IDENTIFIES HUMAN ERROR AS MAJOR CAUSE OF ROAD ACCIDENTS
The Governor of Anambra State, Sir Willie Obiano has identified human errors as one of the major causes of road accidents in the country. The governor made this observation in his address at the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) launching of the 2019 Ember Months Safety Campaign rally held in Onitsha, recently. Theme of the campaign, organized by the FRSC was: “Road Safety is a State of Mind, Road Traffic Crashes is Absence of the Mind; Stay Alert, Stay Alive.”
The governor was represented at the ceremony by his deputy; Dr. Nkem Okeke. According to the governor: “Road traffic crashes or fatalities like we have been experiencing in the state, do not just happen, they are majorly caused by human elements.” He continued: “Whether the road is good or bad, it is the attitude of the human element, either on the part of the driver, passenger or pedestrian that determines whether a crash will occur.
Governor Obiano disclosed that the “The State Government has set up a committee to investigate and come up with lasting solutions to the incidents of fire outbreaks due to road traffic accidents in the state.” He urged FRSC to enforce strict adherence to traffic rules and ensure effective traffic management during the Christmas period.
In his own address, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, admonished road users to desist from risky behaviours that could cause road crashes. He urged drivers to be focused and concentrate while driving and ensure that their vehicles were always in good condition and obey traffic laws. The Corps Marshall was represented at the ceremony by the Zonal Commanding Officer, Mr Kehinde Adeleye, He promised that the corps would ensure the promotion of road safety across the country for a safe motoring environment during the ‘Ember months’ period.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the FRSC Sector Commander, Anambra State; Mr. Andrew Kumapayi, said the campaign was an annual event to remind stakeholders and road users on the need for road safety practices that would avert traffic crash. He added that there was also need to work on the minds of road users to ensure road decorum and avoid accidents. “Anambra has suffered colossal loss by incessant articulated vehicles crashes leading to destruction of lives, businesses, investments and property, he remarked.
The Sector Commander further stated: “Researches have also shown that 80 per cent of these crashes are caused by human errors. Road safety is a shared responsibility; we need to reset our minds, particularly drivers, they should avoid getting drunk, distracted, and dangerous driving. He urged drivers to desist from wrongful overtaking, wrong parking and other acts that can endanger lives and property. (NAN)