The Federal Road Safety Corps on Wednesday in Akure said it had recorded 29 road crashes from a special patrol that started in Ondo State on December 15.
Assistant Corps Marshal Godwin Ogagaoghene, the Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Ondo, Osun and Oyo States, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in his office.
Ogagaoghene explained that the special patrol, which would end on January 15, had already recorded eight fatal accidents, 19 serious accidents and two minor ones, totalling 29 crashes.
He said: “We normally have an end of the year patrol to see that traffic and crashes on our roads are reduced.
“Ondo State happens to cover a very strategic portion of the country, hence proactive actions were taken and we have seen a lot of differences between now and the previous years.
“For the special patrol, the Corps Marshal established two parts with over 600 staff divided into different areas to monitor.
“This is a far better result than what we had in the previous year, but the patrol is still on and we can’t give you the analysis of the percentage of our success over the previous years.”
Responding, the governor appreciated the efforts of the FRSC, which he said greatly helped to reduce road crashes during the festive period.
Akeredolu said: “Your activities made this possible, and I am happy that crashes have reduced.
“Thank you for your efforts.
“I am sure that people travelling during that period appreciated you.
“We have all these bad roads and driving habits because our people are so impatient.
“The work you are doing is appreciated.”