The Federal Road Safety Corps has stated that it recorded a total of 120 crashes during the 2019 Easter celebration as against 160 crashes in the same period in 2018.

These represent a 25 per cent reduction in the number of crashes that occurred during the 2019 Easter celebration.

The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, revealed that this height was achieved due to an overwhelming increase in the number of personnel deployed for patrol operations, effective traffic control, prompt rescue operations, aggressive public enlightenment campaigns including the effective utilisation of the mass media, motor park rallies, advocacy programmes, and clearing of obstructions.

Speaking on the factors that led to such achievement, Kazeem stated, “The Corps will leverage and improve on this strategy for a better result in the future. The decrease in crashes recorded this year was because the Easter patrol operations were given a wider coverage than previous years when compared to the same period of Easter celebration in 2018 and this increased visibility has gone a long way in compelling drivers to abide by established traffic laws.”

He explained that during the 2019 celebration, a total of 1128 persons were involved in crashes as against 1163 persons in the same period in 2018, representing a three per cent decrease. 513 were rescued in 2019 compared to 534 in 2018, representing a four per cent decrease. While a total of 535 persons were rescued without injuries as against 577 persons in the previous year representing a total of seven percent decrease.