Zamfara State Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Sector Commander, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, has said that 64 persons died in 102 road traffic accidents involving 121 vehicles in Zamfara during the Ember months last year.
Abubakar made the fact known in an interview with newsmen in Gusau yesterday, pointing out that the situation was in spite of the intensive safe driving public awareness campaign by FRSC. He said 302 persons sustained various degrees of injuries in the accidents and attributed the high death toll to reckless driving by commercial vehicle drivers.
Abubakar decried the reckless attitude of some drivers and recalled how the driver of a Golf car carried 10 passengers and had an accident with a bus carrying 18 passengers. He said all 28 died on the spot. He urged motorists in the state to strictly observe traffic regulations to reduce the number of accidents.
He said the FRSC had embarked on aggressive awareness campaigns for a change of attitude by commercial vehicle drivers to instill traffic discipline in them. He urged motorists to cooperate with officials of FRSC in their current efforts to ensure safe traffic and security of lives and property on the highways.