Emeka Osondu in Onitsha
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has organised a one-day capacity building for staff of the Metallurgical Training Institute (MTI), Onitsha, on speed limiters, aimed at reducing accidents to the barest minimum.
Speaking at the occasion on Thursday, the FRSC Unit Commander in Onitsha, Mr Paulinus Akpotobo said that road safety was not the business of the FRSC alone, noting that every hand must be on deck to reduce carnages resulting from traffic crashes on roads.
Akpotobo said that the Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, was determined to ensure a better driving habit among motorists.
He said the commission was willing to assist and cooperate with other organisations and government agencies on building capacity of their members as part of efforts to ensure sanity on roads.
In a lecture, Mr Chinedu Udora, a consultant on speed limit device and Chairman of CNET Technology Ltd., said about 33 per cent of road accidents were due to over-speed.
Udora, who spoke on “Safer rider: Speed recorder and limiter,” said available statistics show that about 800 persons lost their lives in February alone due to over-speed.
He urged all to be ambassador of speed limiters and advised travellers to insist on joining only transport vehicles kitted with speed limiters.
The consultant enumerated some of the benefits of speed limiters to include disciplined driving, low fuel consumption, reduction of accidents and improvement of life span of vehicles and tyres, among others.
In another lecture on traffic laws, the Unit Intelligence Officer of the FRSC in Onitsha, Mr Charles Nnamani, explained that the laws were not aimed at punishing motorists.
“The law is for the restoration of sanity on roads,” Nnamani said, urging every driver to obtain and understudy a copy of the Nigerian Highway Code for enlightenment on traffic rules.
Similarly, a Route Commander of FRSC in Onitsha, Mrs Ahiamadu Ayebatari enjoined the staff members of the institute to join Special Marshals Unit to complement the efforts of the FRSC.