About 50 percent of fatal road accidents recorded in Ogun so far in 2018 occurred at road construction zones.

The reasons are not far-fetched. Many road users are too hasty or not aware of the basic precautions needed when traveling on roads under repair or construction.

Mr Clement Oladele, the FRSC Ogun Sector Commander hosted the inauguration of the 2018 FRSC Ember month campaign in Sagamu and seized the occasion to warn travelers during the yuletide.

The FRSC boss implored motorists not to exceed speed of 50km/h and to avoid overtaking when at construction zones to reduce road accidents.

He stressed the need for all agencies involved in road management to enlighten road users on their safety, especially in the 'ember' months.

Oladele described ember month as the busiest in the year during which more people travel to observe the Christmas and New Year holidays.

“It has been noticed that people are not usually patient at diversions and construction sites and this has led to many deaths on the highways.

“From the 214 deaths recorded so far in Ogun in 2018, we have noticed that for every two deaths caused by road traffic crashes, one occurred at a construction zone.

“That is why we are appealing to motorists, especially those who last went on long journeys in the past year, to adhere to two rules when they are on the road.

“They must reduce their speed to a maximum of 50km/h when approaching a construction zone and must never attempt to overtake at construction zones.

“If they adhere to these two rules, we are sure that there won’t be crashes and even if crashes occur, hopefully, it won’t result to the loss of lives,” Oladele said.

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