How many times have you traveled by road lately, hitch-free?

Meanwhile, not many road users and motorists are that lucky.

Between January and March this year, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, said it recorded 1,945 road accidents across Nigeria.

According to FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, the 2018 figure however showed a decline, as it represents a 13% reduction in accident cases compared with the same period in 2017 in which 2,240 accidents were recorded.

Oyeyemi made this known at the first quarterly strategy session with Zonal Commanding Officers and Sector Commanders of the Corps in Abuja on Monday.

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According to him, there was also a corresponding decline in the number of people killed within the period at 1,079 in 2018 against 1,297 in 2017.

The corps marshal stated that whereas 7,506 persons were injured between January 1 and March 31, 2017, the figure dropped to 6,664 in the same period in 2018, representing 11% reduction.

Opeyemi described the improvement as gladdening, noting that it showed that the FRSC is on track in achieving its 2018 strategic goals, which include 30% accident-reduction target.

“It is left for this session to critically look at the areas of strength and weaknesses and device measures that could address the gaps.

“You must remain resolute in pursuing the goals in the remaining quarters for overall success at the end of the year,” he told the corps commanders.

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