By Jude Okwe
Human factor and not deplorable condition of roads accounts for 90 per cent of accidents on the nation’s highways and unless motorists search themselves and give up certain habits the trend will continue, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps [FRSC] IN Cross River State, Mr. Yusuf K Salami has said.
Speaking at the inaugural memorial lecture in Calabar in honour of Mr. Bryan Atuaka and his wife Rosemary who died last year in Lagos in a carnage, Salami said those who drive under the influence of alcohol, indulge in dangerous driving, are under age, over speed, sleep on steering, have poor driving skills and recently skating on the road are bound to be involved in auto crash.
The death of the Atuakas, he explained, could have been avoided if the driver had checked his speed limit and observed the road carefully saying, “these deaths and many more like it, I dare say would have been avoided if our drivers who contribute to over 80 per cent of all crashes on our roads had learnt to be more careful and responsive to other causes, such as bad roads.”
Given the aforementioned factors, Salami stressed the need to sensitize the general public especially the motoring public adding that though mechanical factor and bad roads were also contributing to carnages on the nation’s highways, they were less than the human factors.
“We at FRSC continue to work assiduously towards the realization of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety which is geared towards the achievement of at least 50 per cent reduction in road traffic crashes by the year 2020.”