To ease travel during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps said it has mobilised over 30,000 personnel for its special patrol, tagged, ‘Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Traffic Crashes.’
The Corps also said it would equally deploy body cameras and ambulances in 46 points in Lagos, Makurdi, Nasarawa, Sokoto and other parts of the country, as part of initiatives to ensure safe highways during the Yuletide.
Disclosing this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the Corps Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said the routes to be covered are: Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi; Jos-Bauchi-Gombe; Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi corridor; Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor; Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos; Abuja-Kaduna-Kano and Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo.
Others are Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridor, amongst others.
It stated that patrol vehicles, advanced life support ambulances, heavy-duty tow trucks, medium and light-duty tow trucks, patrol motorbikes, extricating machines, reflective jackets, traffic cones, patrolites and radar guns would also be deployed, in addition to breathalysers, cameras, tablets, alcoholisers, and other technical equipment.
The statement said, “In addition to the deployment of the above operational tools, and the quest for improved service delivery and effective patrol operations, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the FRSC has invested in advanced Information and Communication Technology to beef up its operations.
“The new technology which includes body and vehicle cameras which have been fully deployed shall be used during the patrol operations and for surveillance and traffic monitoring, rescue operations and real-time information gathering for decision-making.”