The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Ogun State command, on Thursday disclosed that 80 persons died in road accidents in the state during the second quarter of 2019.
The Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, who made this known during a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Sango-Ota Unit, said the number of people that died in road crashes increased from 72 in the second quarter of 2018 to 80 in the same period in 2019.
Oladele also said 196 crashes were recorded in the second quarter of 2019 against 148 crashes in 2018.
“FRSC rescued 505 victims in various crashes that happened in the state in 2019 compared to 481 persons rescued in 2018,’’ he said.
He noted that the development was worrisome because the number of people who died increased by four percent in 2019. This, he attributed to recklessness on the part of the drivers and non-compliance with traffic rules and regulations.
He advised motorists to be cautious and to desist from acts that could lead to loss of lives and property on the highways.
Oladele stressed the need for the FRSC to strengthen enforcement on safety, especially in Ifo, Itori, Ewekoro, Sango-Ota and other areas in the state.
He also said that any erring driver caught driving against traffic in areas where construction works were ongoing would be arrested and prosecuted.
“FRSC cannot continue to allow people to die unnecessarily on our roads,” he emphasized.