The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has insisted that in order to reduce the rate of road fatalities and injuries, the automotive public must exercise patience every time they drive.
He also advised all road users, whether drivers or motorcyclists, to obey the prescribed speed limit at all times in order to ensure safety on the road.
Osun Sector Commander Kudirat Ibrahim gave the advice in a conversation with DAILY POST following accidents on the Gbongan-Ibadan road in Osogbo last week.
Ms Ibrahim, while advocating for the application of a “ common sense ” speed limit when driving, urged road users to always slow down considerably when approaching a town, a market or a U-turn as other road users and pedestrians also take advantage of the roads.
“As there are a lot of bends on the roads, it is necessary to slow down on approach as this would also help to avoid road accidents and car accidents.
“Most of these accidents are caused by speeding and excessive overtaking by motorists.
“The automotive public should work with the FRSC, federal and state governments to ensure that they do not harm other people when moving from place to place.”
While appealing to the public to accept that road safety is everyone’s business, the FRSC Sector Commander in Osun explained that the Commission has staff on the township roads who control traffic.
“We also go to markets to dissuade people from parking their cars on the road, but after we leave they will not follow our guidelines.”
She also argued that road users should take personal responsibility as speeding vehicles can cause more harm to people.
“There is no point in making continuous reminders and the commission cannot trace the route from Gbongan to Osogbo. We are always aware of the need to lower their speed limit and slow down to calm the road conditions as there are intersections and markets located on this stretch of road from Gbongan to Osogbo.
DAILY POST had reported accidents last week on the Gbongan-Ibadan road in Ogo-Oluwa where a woman roasting plantain was killed by the side of the road and in Owode-Ede, where a man was seriously injured by a bus of 18 places.
In addition, DAILY POST reported on another incident where a Nissan Primera car heading towards Olaiya Junction was totally consumed by fire and also on Easter Monday a near fatal accident involving an 18 seater bus was avoided at Heritage Junction on the Gbongan-Ibadan road.