Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has charged commercial drivers to go for routine medical checkups.
The Corps’ Sector Commander in Plateau, Mrs Pat Emeordi, gave the advise at a free medical outreach organised by the command for commercial drivers in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical outreach held at the famous Plateau Riders Park and was tagged: “Beyond the Road’’.
According to Emeordi, the health of drivers remains crucial in the road safety chain, hence the need for medical outreach programmes.
“We all know that health is wealth, and only a healthy worker can be productive; only a healthy driver can drive well.
“Unhealthy drivers are not fit to ply the highways, so there is the dire need for drivers, particularly the commercial ones, to go for regular medical checkups.
“When we have healthy persons plying the highways, the rate of accidents will be reduced to the barest minimum,’’ she said.
Emeordi charged drivers and other motorists to desist from speeding, overloading, wrong overtaking and other bad road attitudes, so as make the roads safe for all.
Highlights of the event were a health talk delivered by the command’s Health Officer.
There was also free blood sugar and eye tests, as well as a blood pressure check.