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FRSC trains groups on emergency response at accident scenes

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has trained members of some Communities along critical routes in FCT on quick response to victims of road accidents and other emergencies.

FCT Sector Commander, Oga Ochi made the disclosure during an interactive session with Newsmen on the ongoing Ember Months Campaign.

Mr Ochi also said a group known as the Muslim Rescue Team has volunteered to support FRSC personnel during emergencies in the FCT.

The initiative was part of efforts to reduce the number of casualties, deaths and road accidents in the Six Area councils, he said, adding that some 100 traffic offenders have been arrested and prosecuted for various traffic offences since the resuscitation of mobile courts two weeks ago.

According to Mr Ochi, FRSC decided to work with the FCT judiciary to stem the increasing number of drivers flouting traffic rules, especially offences like overloading and one-way driving, which are prevalent in the territory.

On operation Zero Accident commencing nationwide, the FCT Sector commander said 3,115 personnel have been “adequately mobilised” while 65 patrol vehicles and 16 Ambulances would be deployed for the exercise.

He stressed that there would be 24-hour service in all the Help Areas, in addition to some medical personnel that have been mobilised to attend to emergencies.

He, however, appealed to drivers, particularly commercial ones, to avoid night-time trips as most of the recent Accidents in the FCT have been as a result of “wrong overtaking”.

The FRSC boss also pledged that it would “continue to engage stakeholders” in the transport Sector for what he termed “effective traffic management during and after the Ember Months Special Operation”.

Reporting by Kayode Oyebisi; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor