The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has warned motorists not to drive against traffic during the Yuletide on the excuse of being in a hurry.
Mr Taofeek Iyanda, the Sagamu Unit Commander of the FRSC, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.
Iyanda, who said the warning became necessary to prevent loss of lives and property, added that FRSC officials would be on the ground to control vehicular movement.
“The FRSC implores motorists not to be in a hurry and drive against traffic because of diversion at sites where construction works are ongoing.
“They should be patient as FRSC personnel will be on the ground to control traffic to reduce pains and discomfort that may be encountered during this period,’’ he said.
Iyanda also urged them to adhere to speed limit and cooperate with the FRSC and other sister agencies that would be on the roads to control traffic.
Also speaking, Mr Akeem Ganiyu, the Sango-Ota Unit Commander of FRSC, urged motorists to consider other road users in order to avoid accidents during the Yuletide.
Ganiyu further advised them to plan their journey ahead, noting that safety on the roads “is the state of mind, while the accident is caused by the absence of mind.”
“Motorists should shun any nefarious acts that could lead to unnecessary loss of lives and desist from excessive speeding because it is only the living that can celebrate the festivities,’’ he added.
NAN recalls that Mr Clement Oladele, the Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, had on Tuesday announced that the corps would deploy 1,700 personnel across the state from December 19 to January 2020 for special patrol.
Oladele said that this was to check the excesses of motorists and ensure the free flow of traffic before, during and after the Christmas celebration.