The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has identified speed violation, use of cell phone while driving and overloading as leading causes of road accidents in the country.
Mr Rindom Kumven, its Sector Commander in Delta, and Mr Dickson Amromawhe, Coordinator, Special Marshall Unit, identified the causes on Wednesday, at the FRSC Town Hall Forum in Warri.
The Forum was organised for stakeholders to examine measures to minimise loss of lives through road crashes.
Kumven particularly condemned the habit of writing and send text messages on phones while driving, lighting of cigarettes, intake of alcohol and non-use of seat belts.
“Such habits are very dangerous and must be avoided,” he said.
He said that the offences were common which prompted the introduction of speed limiters, psychological tests on drivers, and other stiff measures aimed at curbing the violation of traffic rules.
The commander said that four offenders had so far undergone mental tests in Delta, but added that none was found psychologically imbalanced.
“The cost of such psychological tests, carried out in designated hospitals, are borne by the offenders,” he said.
Kumven said that enlightenment on safety on roads had been taken to markets, places of worship and motor parks, and urged members of the public to promote it.
Amromawhe, on his part, blamed most accidents on the lack of concentration while driving.
“After a quarrel with your spouse at home, don’t drive.
“It is emotionally dangerous if you cannot give 100 per cent concentration,” he said.
The Special Marshal boss, however, advised drivers to keep a safe distance from truck drivers, alleging that some of them (truck drivers) drive under the influence of alcohol.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports that the forum had representatives from schools, the Nigeria Army, Navy, Air Force, the Nigeria Police, among others.
Also in attendance were chairmen of local governments, lecturers from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), and youth groups