Sallah: FRSC, VIO Lugbe commands, go tough on traffic violations
The Lugbe commands of the Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, and Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, have warned against traffic violations, stating their preparedness to ensure smooth vehicular movement especially on the Airport road during and after the Sallah celebrations.
The VIO Commandant of Lugbe Command, Mukhtar Muhammad, said "The challenge of traffic control has been there for some time now, we have influx of vehicles coming into Abuja, coupled with the fact that the road is wide and smooth enough, so the number of vehicles increases on daily basis, the same thing in the evening.
"Now because of the holidays the weekend is now longer, than usual stretching into Tuesday, now the traffic is out bound, people are traveling out of the city, almost every hour the road is busy and what we have done is to set up a Special team that will operate from today to the next 5 days.
"We will be on the road mounting the junctions from city gate to Giri, to make sure that there is smooth vehicular movement and at times we use our public address system on our patrol vehicle to caution motorists if they are on high speed.”
Speaking in the same vein, Chioma Ekeocha, the second in command at the Lugbe Unit of the FRSC, said, "We are prepared for the anticipated traffic during the Sallah holidays, through the instructions from our headquarters. We have zero tolerance for overloading and over speeding, because those are the major problems we have on the road.
"In line with 2019 goal of the FRSC, which is to improve visibility, through enforcement, rescue services and recovery, so as to reduce road crashes by 20 percent and fatality by 25 percent.
"On the airport road now you will see our vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and staff manning them, the reason is to enforce to prevent accidents from occurring, our presence on the road makes motorists to slow down, they don't want to make mistakes that would indict them, they will obey the laws, so mistakes are lesser accident and fatalities are reduced.
"So we are not expecting any accidents this Sallah period, but in case of accident the ambulances are there, we are also ready to ensure that victim's condition does not get worse, we are preventive and proactive.”