The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has faulted evil attributes associates with the last four months (September, October, November, and December) of the year, saying such had been formulated to put fear in the mind of Nigerians, particularly drivers, motorists and other road users across the country.
The traffic management agency noted that contrary to popular believe, there was no evil associated with the last four months referred to as ember months, adding that it was important Nigerians purge themselves of the believe and make use of roads with adequate compliance to all traffic laws.
The FRSC Ogun State Commander, Ahmed Umar, who gave the clarification on Monday while briefing journalists, maintained that it was surprising why the four months were singled out for alleged evil happenings on roads when accidents are been recorded in other months of the year.
Umar who spoke in Ota, Ogun State, said that rather than been fearful of the road or be held back by the insinuations, Nigerians, particularly drivers and other road users should strive in changing their attitudinal behaviours towards the use of roads to reduce crashes.
He noted that the high level of vehicular movements and traffic laws violations by drivers, motorist and road users were responsible for the crashes been recorded during the last four months and not any evil associated with the ember months as been speculated.
“So many ceremonies like birthday party, wedding and burial, among others, are fixed and those from abroad come home to felicitate with their loved ones, which sometimes increased the vehicular movement,” he said.
Umar, therefore, urged road users to be cautious during this period and as the rainy season was still on, which he claimed might make the highway slippery, leading to crashes sometimes.
The sector commander enjoined drivers to ensure that they have functional brake system, wipers, rear lights and very cleared windscreens, during this period. He also advised drivers to obey safer speed, avoid night travels and enjoy quality road experience during ember months.
“Any misbehaviour by the drivers may result to disaster on the roads, so motorists need to exercise patience,” he said.