In 2017, Nigeria recorded about 4,418 accident casualties–a figure which happens to be lower than that of 2016. Apparently, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is set to further lower the rate of casualties this year. The Corps recently procured some equipment to enable its officials perform effectively and curb crashes on the highways.
Sadly, of the 4,418 people involved in accidents in 2017, 338 lost their lives –an occurrence that the corp strongly believes could have been averted with the deployment of latest technologies capable of checking deaths on Nigerian roads.
The technologies the FRSC hopes employ
It will employ the use of Alcoholysers and Breathalysers to detect erring motorists who indulge in drinking while driving. These technologies helps to estimate breath alcohol content by indirectly by measuring the amount of alcohol in one’s breath. It is hoped that these technologies would help reduce the rate of accidents as 90% of accidents on Nigerian roads are caused by drunk driving.
Speaking on Monday at the 2018 First Quarter Performance Review Management Retreat held at Magodo, Lagos, Mr. John Mehaux, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer for Ogun and Lagos States, said,
We want to ensure that crashes are brought to the barest minimum, and we are looking at the next decade, even when crashes occur, there won’t be any death recorded.
With these technologies in place, we can only hope that the rate of accidents on our roads reduces drastically soon.
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