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Over-speeding, overloading are enemies of road safety, FRSC tells Gombe motorists


Over-speeding, overloading are enemies of road safety, FRSC tells Gombe motorists

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Gombe State Office has warned over-speeding and overloading by motorists in the state.

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Route Commander Ibrahim Hassan, the Public Relations Officer of FRSC in Gombe state gave this warning on Saturday while sensitising motorists in Zambuk Community in Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area of the state.

Hassan stated that his personnel were in the community as part of his command’s mandate to give enlightenment to motorists on how to ensure safety of lives and safe road-use.

“We are here on a sensitisation in line with the directive from the Sector Commander, Ishaku Ibrahim to increase knowledge of good road use among motorists in every community.’’

According to him, over-speeding, overloading and drugs were among the leading causes of accidents, hence “they are enemies of road safety. When we book you for these offences, we do so as a deterrent to others.’’

“Safety on roads is our concern and if it will take several enlightenment programmes we will continue to do them because we have the mandate to save lives on roads,’’ he said.

He said that some cases of underage driving had been noticed where children below the age of driving now ride motorcycles, tricycles and even taxis; this is an offence.

According to him, enforcement had been tightened in that regard, hence, the sensitisation to let the people of the state know that such was an offence.

He stated that the FRSC prioritises enlightenment as “it gives knowledge of what and what are expected of motorists so that whenever anyone is booked, he or she wouldn’t say they are unaware of their offence.

“The accepted age for driving remains 18 and that’s the age we can license anyone to drive, so anyone below should not drive on our roads for any reason,” he cautioned.

The public relations officer also cautioned motorists in the community to desist from over-speeding and overloading, adding that urgency while driving should be avoided in the interest of safety.

“As motorists, hurrying while driving always has consequences. Many have gotten themselves killed or injured because of the urge to get to them destination in time.

“If you want to get to your destination in time please leave home early and maintain the normal speed limit; it’s as simple as that,’’ Hassan appealed.

He also warned motorists against driving under the influence of drugs, stressing “If you take drugs, you are no longer the one driving because your ability to take good driving decision to ensure safety is gone.’’

Hassan who commended the community for efforts to ensure safety pledged his command’s commitment to continue to give the necessary enlightenment to ensure safety of motorists and passengers on roads.

On his part, Mr Mamman Bako, An Assistant Route Commander, FRSC appealed for more collaborations from the community to ensure that “our roads do not become death traps for motorists.’’

Malam Baba Garba, the Secretary, Zambuk Motorcycle Riders Association appreciated FRSC for the enlightenment while pledging to disseminate the message to other members as a way of preventing dangerous driving.

Alhaji Ibrahim Adamu, the District head of Zambuk while commending FRSC, tasked motorists to always adhere to road safety rules to avoid accidents and loss of lives on roads.

Adamu called for similar sensitisations to be carried out across the state as motorists often ply different communities while doing their jobs to ensure that everyone was carried along.

Over-speeding, overloading are enemies of road safety, FRSC tells Gombe motorists

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