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Edo records 27% road accident deaths in 2015 – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Saturday that death arising from road traffic accidents in Edo reduced by 27 per cent in 2015.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Oluwasusi Familoni, disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Benin.

Familoni said death resulting from road accidents in the state reduced from 222 in 2014 to 163 in 2015.

He attributed the reduction to intensive public campaigns embarked upon by the corps, as well as timely arrival of its operatives to accident scenes.

The sector commander recalled the promise of corps to reduce accident and death by 20 per cent and 30 per cent respectively in 2015.

According to Familoni, 754 persons were injured and 222 persons died in 244 road accidents that occurred in 2014 in the state.

He said in the corresponding period of 2015, 917 persons suffered injuries, while 163 died in 251 road traffic accidents in the state.

“We recorded more road traffic accidents within the towns and cities than along highways in the state.

“The accidents result from reckless driving and disobedience to traffic light, rules and regulations.

“We will be more proactive in 2016 and ensure that no traffic law violator goes unpunished,” he said.

He also said in 2015, 1, 483 traffic offenders were prosecuted in Mobile Courts with 1, 348 of them convicted, while 135 were discharged.

He said 5, 455 vehicles were impounded for 5, 936 traffic offenses committed during the same period.

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