The Kaduna sector command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has deployed 1,653 operatives to ensure sanity on Kaduna highways, especially for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Sector commander Hafiz Mohammed disclosed this on Friday in Kaduna. He said the operatives comprised 253 officers, 900 marshals and 500 special marshalls.
Mr Mohammed added that the FRSC would deploy 28 patrol vehicles, seven ambulances, one heavy-duty tow truck and 14 patrol bikes along designated routes in Kaduna.
He also mentioned that the deployment would last from July 6 to 13. According to him, the exercise is pursuant to the FRSC’s 2022 strategic goals of accomplishing 15 per cent reduction in road traffic crash fatality.
“The exercise is also designed to address the perennial rise in violation of traffic rules and regulations especially during festive season like speed, overloading, night journeys, impatience, fatigue and mechanical defects, tyres road rage, use of seatbelt and child restraint,” said the sector commander.
He added, “The intensive patrol is aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually associated with the surge of human and vehicular traffic across the country. It is an all-inclusive exercise which will witness high visibility, intensive patrol, prompt rescue services and removal of obstructions, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns in Kaduna state.”
The sector commander urged the motoring public to watch out for diversions and black spots as Abuja-Kaduna-Kano express road is under construction, especially places like Rigachikun, Maraban Jos, Kwanan Tsintsiya, Lamban Zango and Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic along Zaria axis while Kakau, OLAM farms, Audu Jangwam, Audu Ogbeh Farms, Katari and Jere along Kaduna–Abuja Highway.
“The command wishes motorists, commuters and the general public a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration,” said Mr Mohammed.