The Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has urged road users to be safety conscious at all times to avert road traffic accidents.
The Sector Commander, Mr Kabir Nadabo, made the appeal during a press briefing on Tuesday in Kaduna to mark the African Road Safety Day and World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Crash Victims.
It was reported that the 2023 theme is “Justice”, with the slogan, “Remember, Support and Act”.
Nadabo said both government and road users should improve vehicular safety standard through the adoption of safe system approach.
“We call on motorists, pedestrians and everyone to recognise that safe practices on the road is everyone’s business,” the sector commander said.
He explained that the road traffic crash victims remembrance week was earmarked by the United Nations to remember those who died or got injured as a result of road traffic crashes.
“Continuous public education remains a key tool needed to create awareness to road users on the need to obey traffic rules and regulations if we must stem the tide of the menace,” he added.
According to him, the global status report on road traffic crash shows an alarming 1.35 million annually, making it the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years.
He said that the most common cause of road traffic crashes in Kaduna state were speeding, wrongful overtaking, and driving with worn-out and expired tyres.
“Indeed the sanctity of life cannot be over emphasized. Once it’s lost it can never be replaced as it’s often said, life has no duplicate,” the sector commander added.
He said there must be justice for all road users irrespective of their race, gender or religion.
“We must remember victims of road traffic crashes, support the victims of road traffic crashes and act to prevent further carnage on our roads.
“It is in this guise, that the FRS has deemed it expedient to use this veritable medium to appeal to the conscience and consciousness of road users and road authorities on the need to embrace safe practices as we use the road.
“All citizens must join hands to make the weeklong activities a success,” Nadabo added.
The sector commander appreciated the media for its unflinching and unwavering support and spreading the gospel of road safety at every given opportunity.
It was reported that other activities lined up during the week include lectures, hospitals visitation, and prayers for RTC victims on Friday and Sunday.