The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kano State Command said it had deployed no fewer than 700 officers across the state to ensure road safety during the festive period.
This is contained in a statement by the command acting Sector Commander, Mr Ahmed Mohammed which was m ade available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Thursday.
He said the officers who include 500 regular and 200 Special Marshals, were deployed as part of the command’s efforts towards minimizing road traffic crashes during the yuletide in the state.
“We have put several measures to curtail the excesses of road users during the period for enforcement, traffic control, and rescue operations, alongside sensitization campaigns”, he said.
The acting commander added that so far from Dec. 20 to Dec. 27, a total of 242 traffic offenders were arrested by the command and arraigned before a mobile court for various offences.
He said that 35 drivers were arraigned before the special mobile court, out of which 30 were convicted for traffic violations and five were discharged.
On the recent accident that claimed 11lives during the festive period, Mohammed condoled the families of the deceased and prayed for the quick recovery of those who sustained various injuries.
“We visited those in hospital and sympathised with their families, and we prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead, ” he said.
Mohammed explained that during the Christmas period, the command had recorded two road traffic crashes, adding that while one was fatal and the other was serious.
“For the remaining period of New Year celebrations, we are calling on the motorists to avoid dangerous driving, over speeding, over loading and driving under the influence of drugs.
”’We are also warning them to avoid the use of phone while driving, route violation and driving with worn-out or expired tyres among other deadly road traffic violations”, he said.