As the year draws to an end today, it has been a low-key yuletide celebration occasioned by the dreadful ‘Ember’ month myth of road crashes and accidents leading to many loss of lives.
Many of these crashes occurred in Ogun State, the gateway state out of Lagos to the rest of the country. Among the busy road corridors that witnessed influx of movement and traffic were Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; Sagamu-Ìjẹ̀bú-Òde; Sagamu-Mosinmi-Ikorodu; Abeokuta-Ibadan; Abeokuta-Ọ̀tà-Lagos and Ota-Idiroko highway.
Ahead of the yuletide road rush, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) deployed 35,450 personnel including Special marshals across the country for its 2019 ember month special patrol operation with the theme ‘Road safety is a state of mind, stay alert’, which was aimed at ensuring safer roads during the festive periods. The special patrol operation commenced on December 15 to end on January 15, 2020.
The Guardian checks revealed yesterday that after 16 days of sustained campaign that entailed 24-hour enforcement along major highways, robust public enlightenment, prompt rescue/recovery services, stakeholder collaboration, Road Safety Observatory, uninterrupted motorized patrol, day time route lining, traffic control, and aerial surveillance, about 50 road crashes were recorded in the Ogun State highway corridors, leaving 159 persons injured and 19 others dead.