Hundreds of families have been thrown into mourning following road accidents that have caused the death of their loved ones in Ogun State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command on Tuesday said about 237 persons died in road crashes within the last 10 months in the state.

The FRSC's Sector Commander in Ogun, Oladele Clement, said this at the 2nd Bi-Annual Retreat /Zonal Operators meeting in Ota, Ogun.

According to him, this year has been most challenging for FRSC as road crashes and fatalities rate are on the increase.

“This development is worrisome because the 237 lives lost so far this year passed the whole of 2017 figure which was 210,” he said.

Clement said over half of the crashes that occurred at various accident scenes could be traced to disregard for speed limits.

The sector commander advised motorists to desist from violating regulations and to listen to FRSC officials on the roads.

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Earlier, John Meheux, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in Charge of Ogun and Lagos States, said that the retreat was necessary to create more awareness ahead of the yuletide.

“The FRSC is working toward a safer system where people would not die or sustain serious injuries when a crash occurs,’’ he said.

The FRSC boss reiterated the corps’ commitment to reduce death rate to 15 per cent and fatality rate to 30 per cent this year.

He also said the FRSC had injected more holistic approach which includes: providing nine patrol vehicles, while medical and rescue teams would work 24/7.

Meheux said that the zonal records in the last two to three years show the number of people involved and killed in auto crashes in various corridors in both states.

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