The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday issued a safety advisory to travellers ahead of the ‘Ember’ months.
Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) ACM Bisi Kazeem, in a statement on Monday, said a nationwide campaign on the theme ‘Drive safe and Stay safe’ has commenced.
He cautioned motorists to note that the end of the year was not naturally tragic and was not in any way different from other months of the year.
“It is very possible to drive without involving in a crash as long as motorists obey and adhere strictly to traffic laws and ensure constant maintenance of their vehicles”, he said.
The statement advised commuters to maximise alternative means of transportation by patronising the train stations where available.
It counselled travellers to consider transport sharing as early as possible, to reduce pressure on the road.
“Family and friends are further admonished to plan and travel in phases, so as to avoid the cluster of traffic during the ember months.”
FRSC told commuters to patronise safe and secure mass transit companies that have been duly certified to operate.
The agency stressed that night trips were not as safe as day trips.
“Travellers must try as much as possible to plan their trips within the hours of the day because of visibility and fatigue factors on the side of the driver.”
Kazeem insisted that all travelling protocols for COVID-19 must be strictly adhered to.
“The enforcement on 50 per cent carrying capacity for all vehicles targeted at creating adequate physical distancing is still in place, and the Corps will not spare any fleet operator caught violating this directive”, he added.