The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that no fewer than 1,300 of its operatives would be deployed across Edo State for traffic control ahead the 2021 “Ember months” the last four months of the year campaign.
Aside from the officers, the traffic management agency also disclosed that 25 operational vehicles, which include three ambulances, two heavy duty tow trucks and one tow van, would be on ground for rapid response and free flow of traffic during the period.
The FRSC, Edo State Commander, Henry Benamaisia, explained that the officers would be made up regular and special marshals, adding that the move was to ensure free flow of vehicular movement and responsible driving in highways across the state.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, the commander assured that arrangements have been put in place for a successful commencement of this year ember months campaign.
“The theme is Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels and Enjoy Quality Road Experience”. For the successful operation of the campaign, 1,300 personnel of our operatives who include Regular and Special Marshals would be deployed across the state, with 25 operational vehicles.
“The vehicles include three ambulances, two heavy duty tow trucks and one tow van which will be on ground for rapid response and free flow of traffic during the period”.
He disclosed that the flag-off had been scheduled to take place next Thursday at the Aduwawa Park by Ramat Square, in the state capital.
He added that the occasion would be chaired by Edo Deputy Governor, Phillip Shaibu, while stakeholders including transport unions, vehicle owners and other road users would be part of the event.
“The Print and Electronic Media would also be engaged throughout the season. Traffic control will also be taking place at critical traffic points across the state to ensure free flow of traffic throughout the ember months. Effective enforcement of critical offences will be emphasised.
“These offences include overloading, use of phone while driving, failure to install Speed Limiting Device, Speed Limit Violation, Seat Belt Violation, Dangerous Driving, Dangerous Overtaking among others,” Benamaisia said
He called on residents of the state to obey traffic rules and regulations, while advising them to always eschew the three vices of indiscipline, intolerant and impatient while on the road.