With the heavy and incessant downpour of rain being witnessed in most parts of the country recently along with the general drizzling effects of rainy season and need for cautionary driving to avoid the accompanying hazards, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned drivers to adopt the common sense speed limits. This was contained in a press release by the FRSC ‘s Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem.
According to Kazeem, visibility is always blurred while there is accompanied foggy weather during this period. He said the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has expressed worry at the rate at which people neglect the basic ethics of driving during the rainy season which results in avoidable crashes, death and fatal injuries in some cases. He warned against disobedience of traffic rules and regulations during this period, stressing that special squads of the FRSC have been deployed across the country to monitor compliance and bring violators to book.
He stressed that the Corps Marshal, enjoined drivers to always operate with functional lighting system, wipers and good tyres that have effective grips of the ground in cases of sudden usage while making sure that braking systems are in perfect working conditions . He advised that where visibility is totally blurred, drivers should stop completely in a safe place, off the highway and make sure they see and be seen through their head and rear lights respectively. He assured members of the public that while the Corps will continue to do its best to ensure safety on the nation’s roads, every road user must take it as a civic responsibility to comply with the rules of the road to avoid unnecessary carnage.
The Corps Marshal further enjoined drivers, especially of articulated vehicles, to ensure compliance with minimum safety standards and drive within the regulated speed limits. He called on those that are yet to install the speed limiters in their vehicles to do so without delay to avoid arrest and prosecution while promising to send drivers committing some dangerous offences to engage in psychological and emotional evaluation.