FRSC Boss caution motorists to avoid night travels as ember months campaign commences in Katsina
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi has cautioned motorists to avoid night travels and to as well maintain speed.
Represented by the Zonal Commanding Officer Zone RS1 Kaduna, Godwin Omiko, PhD, at the flagging off year 2021 ember months campaign today in Katsina, said the theme ‘Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels and Enjoy Quality Road Experience’, a yearly activity of the Corps towards ensuring safety of motorists and other road users during the yuletide period and beyond.
According to him, the Federal Road Safety Corps having identified the EMBER Months period (September to December) as a crucial part of the year which is associated with high vehicular movements due to Christmas and New Year festivities always come up with a well-conceived action plan for the Ember Months to ensure the Safety of commuters on the roads.
“The implementation of these strategies and ensuring sanity on our roads can only be achieved through our collective efforts, therefore, may I appreciate the support of the Katsina State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Rt. Hon Aminu Bello Masari and the collaborative efforts of other Security Agencies as well as the Emirate Council, organized Transport Unions and co-operation of the good people of Katsina State for which we are much grateful for.”
He noted that, the theme can only be achieved if road users obey traffic rules by avoiding overloading of passengers and goods, over speeding, driving intoxicated of alcohol or drugs and driving within safe speed, avoiding night travels.
“Respect rest hours when they are tired and by avoiding illegal parking and loading from illegal motor parks, avoiding any form of distracted driving”, he said.
Dr. Godwin used the medium to further seek for continuous support of government and the people of the State in the task of making Katsina State safe for all during the yuletide period and beyond.
He therefore commended the recent Inauguration of the Katsina State Road Safety Advisory Council which, according to him, will uplift the State to a high-level, saying it was in fulfillment of the requirements of the United Nations for the Safe System approach in line with International Best Practices.
“Road Safety is everybody’s business. The road is not a respecter of persons; it can be very patient, but it never forgives. Let us, therefore, obey the rules of the Road, Maintain Safe Speed, avoid night travels and enjoy quality Road experience. Safer Roads! Fuller lives”, the zonal commanding officer added.
Also speaking, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State in his speech noted that his administration is faithful committed to safety of lives, hence commended the organizers.
“I want to use this medium to call on all transporters to imbibe the spirit of Safety consciousness to make our roads safe, especially at the end of the year which is characterized by several activities, especially festivities and movement of farm produce across the state.
“Accordingly, the security agencies should be at their best to ensure the Safety of lives of our people as well as ensure that our people enjoy quality road travels as envisaged by the theme of this year’s campaign.
“With the take-off of the Katsina State Road Safety Advisory Council of which His Excellency, the Deputy Governor is the Chairman, I expect that Road mishaps in this state will become a thing of the past as government is committed to support the council to rid the state of avoidable Road Crashes.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Sector Commander, RS1.3 Katsina Sector Command, CC Ali Sule Tanimu the campaign became imperative to remind drivers not to be carried away by the funfair of the festive season or to celebrate on the road as is often the case, resulting to avoidable crashes.
He stressed that it is their duty to remind road users that the best drivers is that who start journey and reach destination safely and not that who will reach destination in record time as time does not belong to anyone.