According to data from the Federal Road Safety Corps, there were 324 fatalities and 1,706 injuries related to traffic accidents in Kogi in 2022.
Stephen Dawulung, the state’s Corps Commander, revealed the information to reporters in Lokoja on Thursday.
Dawulung called the car accidents in 2022 “extremely terrible” and “saddening” in light of the number of innocent, patriotic persons who lost their life.
He added that the corps had counted 458 road crashes in Kogi overall between January and December 2022.
“A total of 5, 161 people were engaged in the 458 motor accidents, which resulted in 324 fatalities and 1,706 injuries.
“To us as a corps, the casualty and the rate of crashes within that year is very high and unacceptable, but that’s the reality facing us today.
“We aren’t happy with the outcome of the report looking at the enormity of sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns we carried out during the period under review.
“Of course, we have to blame this on the recklessness of the motorists, some of who continually refused to heed traffic rules and regulations for safety,” he said.
The sector commander called on motorists to always ensure the roadworthiness of their vehicles before embarking on a journey and drive with care along the highways.
He said, “this year 2023, my Command will continue carrying out enforcements and enlightenment programmes against speed, overloading and mixed loading of goods and passengers, especially in trucks and other vehicles meant to convey only goods.”
Dawulung also advised motorists to exhibit a high level of discipline and adhere strictly to road traffic regulations to avoid such ugly incidents.
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