THE Ogun Sector Commander, Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Clement Oladele, said on Saturday that a total of 270 persons lost their lives in road traffic crashes in the state in 2016.
Oladele announced this at the inauguration of road traffic cautionary sign posts at Onipepeye and Siun junction area of the Abeokuta-Sagamu expressway in Ogun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the ceremony was performed by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, CFR.
The FRSC sector commander said that of the 383 crashes recorded in Ogun in 2016, a total of 1,366 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were taken to various hospitals for treatment.
This figure, according to him, represents a reduction in total crashes, fatalities and injuries, by 11 per cent, 12 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively.
He explained that it was in a bid to stem ‘speed-induced crashes’ that the command, through its Special Marshals unit, erected speed/caution signs at the Siun/Kobape black spot, to stem speeding and prevent avoidable crashes.
Earlier, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, commended the efforts of the FRSC in reducing the tide of road crashes in the country.
He debunked the notion that crashes on the Abeokuta/Sagamu expressway had spiritual undertones, urging motorists to comply with warning signs erected between Onipepeye and Siun junction.
He stressed that the government’s initiative in installing the speed limiting device in commercial vehicles was for the common good of all.