Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said from January to September 2023, it recorded a substantial reduction in the total number of road traffic crashes (RTC), injuries and fatalities as well, having achieved 22 per cent reduction in RTCs, 21.3 per cent decrease in road injuries and 23.1 per cent reduction in road traffic deaths when compared with the same period in 2022.
According to the FRSC road traffic crash dashboard, within the period under consideration, the Corps recorded a total of 7,830 road traffic crashes as against 10,039 in the same period in the year 2022, representing a 22 per cent decrease.
In the same vein, from January to September 2023, the Corps also achieved 21.3 per cent reduction in the number of people rescued with injuries, having rescued a total of 22,580 in 2023 against 28,698 injured victims from January to September of the year 2022.
On the number of people killed, the Corps also recorded significant reduction within the operational period.
According to the crash data report, in the first nine months of the year 2023, the Corps recorded a total of 3,730 fatalities as against 4,848 in the same period in 2022, representing 23.1 per cent reduction.
Reacting to this, the spokesperson of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem said, “it is expedient to inform the public that the highest achievement was recorded in the third quarter 2023 (July to September). In the 3rd quarter, the Corps reduced RTCs by 37.6 percent, having reduced crashes from 3,412 in 2022 to 2,130 in 2023.
“Road traffic injuries were also reduced from 9,258 in 2022 to 5,864 in 2023 representing 36.7 per cent reduction while road traffic deaths were also reduced from 1,470 in 2022 to 880 in 2023, representing 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed.
“On this note, it is pertinent to state that this significant decrease was achieved due to enhanced visibility on the highways, aggressive public education, broadened and expanded command structures, injection of more patrol, rescue and recovery vehicles into the operations of the Corps for prompt rescue services and speedy removal of obstructions, and of course, deployment of men and logistics to areas hitherto uncovered.”