The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp, Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, says that the Bauchi-Darazo route is the most dangerous in the state so far in 2021 which has claimed many lives and properties.
He stated this in an interview shortly after the 2021 -ember months enlightenment campaign with the theme: “Maintain safe speed, avoid night travels and enjoy quality road experience,” was flagged off at the Central Motor park in Bauchi.
“Of major concern to us is the Bauchi-Darazo highway which we have identified as the most dangerous in the state. This is because drivers plying that road are not always careful, and most of the crashes there are as a result of over-speeding and night travels.
“The second most dangerous route is the Bauchi-Gombe road. We urge motorists to be more vigilant so as to bring to the barest minimum crashes which sometimes lead to loss of lives and properties,” he admonished.
The FRSC helmsman stated that crashes along the Bauchi-Jos road which used to be the most dangerous route in the state have “drastically reduced, we no longer record road traffic crashes on that route as we used to in the past.”
Speaking earlier in his speech during the flag-off, he said: “Haven observed the constant crashes caused by night travels and over-speeding, the Corp decided to embark on this campaign to enlighten and educate the motoring public on the need to desist from night travels and over-speeding.
“We call on them to have an attitudinal change because most of the crashes that occur are mainly as a result of these factors – night travels and over-speeding.
“At the end of this campaign, we hope to achieve a high reduction of road crashes, reduction in night travels and total attitudinal change by the motoring public.”
He requested for the support of road transport unions, religious leaders, village heads, media organizations and the general public to widen the scope of enlightenment and education on road safety matters among their subjects on dangers associated with over-speeding and night travels to reduce road traffic crashed on the roads.
“The road transport unions, owners and fleet operators should key into the installation of speed limiting device to curtail the excesses of drivers,” he pleaded, assuring that “we will continue to provide services to the public and your support will remain fundamental but sustainable, in view of the fact that human development has its challenges and all hands must remain on deck to ensure our roads are safe.”
Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, represented represented by the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, in his speech while flagging off the campaign, commended the FRSC in the state for always being proactive in responding to accidents by providing rescue operation to victims.
The governor who also commended the FRSC for traffic control in strategic locations in the state especially during festive seasons, pledged his administration’s support to the FRSC to achieve its mandate of reduction in road traffic crashes which often lead to loss of lives and properties in the state.