No fewer than 168 persons lost their lives in various accidents that occurred between January and July this year in Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states.
The Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps in charge of the zone, Assistant Corps Marshall Imoh Etuk, disclosed this in Bauchi on Thursday while addressing officers at the third quarter retreat for heads of operations in the zone.
According to him, the strategic meeting was aimed at making plans for the end of year activities.
Etuk said a total of 969 people were injured, representing 56 per cent reduction in the 1,245 such cases recorded in the same period of 2018.
He noted that within the period, 188 road traffic crashes were recorded in the three states, compared to the 276 recorded during the same period in 2018, thus representing a 59.5 per cent reduction.
According to him, between January and July 2019, a total of 1,360 persons were involved in road crashes, compared to the 1,981 involved in similar accidents during the same period of 2018.
The zonal commander also expressed sadness over the 4,795 pieces of unclaimed driving licences in the three states that make up the zone.
Etuk said, “We have unclaimed driving licences and part of what we will discuss is how to ensure that we clear all of them as soon as possible.
“The unclaimed licences in the three states are as follow: Bauchi, 734; Borno, 3,658; and Borno, 403. Although many of the owners claimed that they had completed the processes, but many of them have not claimed their licences. We, therefore, call on members of the public to hasten up and get theirs.”
He stated that the FRSC would take more than a passing interest in the operations of driving schools in the zone in order to prevent untoward practices.
The FRSC boss promised that enforcement of the use of driving licences would begin next month.
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