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2021 EASTER CELEBRATION: Ogun FRSC begins 24 Hours Special Patrol Operations, Calls For Cautious Driving

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Be extra careful while driving along the Lagos - Ibadan expressway, especially areas where road rehabilitation is still ongoing and where traffic is diverted - CC Umar begs motorists

By OLALEKAN AYENI --- The Ogun State Sector Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) had on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, commenced the Easter Special Patrol  Operations.

The Special Patrol Operations, which according to the Sector Commander, CC Ahmed Umar, will last till Wednesday, April 7, 2021, would focus on, excessive speed; Dangerous driving; Wrongful overtaking; Lane indiscipline; Use of phone while driving; Seat belt violation; Overloading violation; Tyre violation (expired/ substandard) as well as Speed Limiting Device violation ,  Passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and Use of drugs and intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.   

CC Umar said no fewer than 1,638  personnel comprising Regular and Special Marshals have been mobilised and deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways across Ogun State especially the  Lagos - Ibadan; Sagamu -  Ijebu Ode; Sagamu - Mosinmi -  Ikorodu; Abeokuta - Sagamu; Abeokuta - Ibadan; Abeokuta - Ifo - Sango - Ota - Lagos Corridors and as well as Ota - Idiroko international corridor.

According to the Sector Commander, operational equipments have also provided to ensure desired impact on the entire stretch of highways across the state. The equipments include: 33 patrol vehicles, eight Advanced Life Support Ambulances, 12  patrol motor bikes, two heavy duty tow Truck, Brethlisers for testing drivers for drugs and alcoholic consumption and Excriciating machines for rescuing trapped crash victims. 

He opined that "traffic control areas will also be manned by FRSC personnel, assisted by sister security and emergency agencies. It has also been set up to ensure easy intervention to traffic distress from the boundaries of Ogun State with neighbouring states of Lagos, Oyo and Ondo States.

"Traffic Rest Areas have also been established at Mowe; Sagamu; Ogere; Ogunmakin ; IJebu - Ode;  where tired travellers could briefly rest before continuing their journies  .

"Equally, all the FRSC Ambulances points in Ogun state located at Itori; Sagamu; Ijebu Ode and Ogunmakin, in addition to  the night rescue teams at various FRSC formations would operate 24 hours Rescue Operations throughout the duration of the Special Patrol Operations," he added.  

CC Umar said the Command has also embarked on aggressive motor parks public enlightenment campaigns across the state.

He enjoined motorists traveling during this period to celebrate with loved ones are advised to be extra careful and ensure their journies are properly planned, with their vehicles routinely serviced while paying special attention to  construction areas where overtaking is prohibited and maximum speed is perked at 50km per hour, especially at construction zones where traffic is diverted. 

He appealed to motorists to demonstrate the reason of this season by showing love to fellow road users by  sharing the road responsibly  and obeying traffic rules to arrive home safely to celebrate with their loved ones.

The Sector Commander, therefore warned that any motorist apprehended flouting traffic rules during the  special patrol operations may be treated as driving dangerously and could be prosecuted. 

"The FRSC Ogun State Command, as customary would provide timely traffic situation on corridors across Ogun State, to guide motorists in having seamless travel experience. This would be through the social media and in conjunction with the print and electronic media 

"This traffic broadcast would also be available through the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM Abuja , which can be streamed online . 

"In case of a road traffic  crash and obstruction, the FRSC could be reached on the  FRSC toll free number 122." He added.

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