In view of the recent upsurge of overloading on the nation’s highways and the challenges it poses to all field command operatives, the Federal Road Safety Corps has resorted to a more decisive measure to curb the effects of the menace of overloading by organizing a Special Intervention Patrol along critical corridors from November 7 to 13, 2016.
According to Bisi Kazeem, the Head, Media Relations and Strategy of the Corps, the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed that the Special Intervention Patrol should be focused on overloading, speed violation and speed limiting device enforcement amongst other offences
Kazeem stressed that the Corps Marshal hopes to use the Special Intervention Patrol to impress on field commands to sustain the enforcement drive on Speed Limiting Device Installation in Commercial Vehicles, continue the sensitization exercise of the 2016 Ember Months campaign and to reduce road traffic crashes caused by overloading and overspeeding.
While all field Command operatives are to be involved in the Special Intervention Patrol, Commanding Officers are to ensure that special attention is given to all crash-prone areas within their jurisdictions, as well as to ensure that Officers, Marshals and Special Marshals are adequately mobilized in readiness to fully participate in the exercise.
Oyeyemi, according to the press release, is poised to deliver on the Corps’s mandate of reducing crashes nationwide to the barest minimum.
The selected corridors that are considered as flashpoints for overloading infractions are: Kaduna-Abuja-Lokoja-Okene route, Garaku-Akwanga-NasarawaEggon-Lafia-Makurdi route, Funtua-Tsafe-Gusau-Sokoto route, Lagos-Ogere-Ogunmakin-Ibadan route, Owo-Akure-Ilesha-Ife route, Jos-Toro-Bauchi-Alkaleri-Gombe route, Enugu 9th Mile-Awka-Nteje-IgboUkwu-Onitsha route, Asaba-Isele Uku-Agbor-Abudu-Benin route, and Jebba-Olooru-Bode Saadu route.
The Corps also used the opportunity to enjoin all motorists to continually imbibe good road use culture.