No fewer than 850 road traffic crashes have been recorded in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) resulting in 159 deaths and 1,572 injuries between January and November, 2021.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), FCT Sector Commander, Mr Oga Ochi, revealed this at the 2021 Special Marshal Sectorial Workshop in Abuja.
The theme of the workshop is, “Volunteerism beyond Ember Months: the Role of Special Marshals in Combating Road Traffic Crashes”.
Mr. Ochi identified exceeding the speed limit as one of the major challenges confronting road use in the FCT owing to a number of good roads within the territory.
He said the road users often took advantage of the good roads and tended to `over’ speed, adding that 75 per cent of the crashes was as a result of over speeding.
He commended the Special Marshals for their tremendous impact on all forms of road safety activities in the FCT.
According to him, they have been effective in patrol operations, public enlightenment, provision and renovation of offices, rescue operations, involvement in research work, traffic control, holding of town hall meetings, and visit to churches/mosques among others.
The Zonal Coordinator, RS7, Mr Usman Adaji, said the special marshal volunteers had remained committed to ensuring that there was sanity on the roads in the FCT.
Adaji urged the volunteers to submit themselves to the rules and regulations guiding the road safety activities, urging them to ensure discipline, dedication and spirit of cooperation towards achieving the mandate of FRSC.
The FCT Coordinator, Mr Sani Adisa, thanked the corps marshal and his commanders for the opportunity for the special marshals to restrategise towards contributing their quota to road safety activities.