The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged road users to prioritise safety as they ply the road before, during and after the yuletide.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims which is a week-long event commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year.
Mr Bassey Eshiet, the Delta State FRSC Sector Commander, gave the advice during a visit to road crashes victims at the Federal Medical Centre Asaba on Saturday in Asaba
Eshiet described road traffic crashes and fatalities as a public health crisis that requires urgent, concise and dedicated actions.
“For me road traffic crashes and fatalities are a public health crisis that requires urgent, concise and dedicated actions.
“Hence, the pertinence of the event which is aimed at demanding actions towards improving safety on our roads nipping avoidable deaths and fatalities in bud.
“The burden of this injuries and fatalities is disastrous to families, the nation’s economy and humanity in general,” he said.
He called on governments, stakeholders and the public to uplift proven strategies such as redesigning dangerous roads, enforcing speed limits, improving vehicle designs and all components to make the roads safe for users.
“This advocacy is in line with the safe system approach that ensures zero death even when human error results in crash.
“Over the years, the corps and its stakeholders keep faith with this global event by observing it with a week-long activities that ensures maximum impact.
“While the FRSC renews its commitments at ensuring safer motoring environment through the collective efforts of its stakeholders and partners.
“We call on all citizens to come on board by simply obeying traffic rules and regulations and appreciating efforts of the corps and its personnel towards the collective benefits of all road users.
The theme for the 2023 edition is: “Justice” with the slogan: Remember, Support, Act.”
It is a high-profile global event to remember the many millions who have been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads and to acknowledge the suffering of all affected victims, families and communities. (NAN)