CEM REPORT, TRANSPORTATION | The Lagos State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has identified alcohol and drugs sold at parks as a major cause of road accidents.
To this extent that command called for a law that would prohibit the sale of alcohol and drugs in motor parks across the state
The command believes that such a law will reduce road fatalities in the state, especially during the ember period.
“Sale of alcoholic beverages in Nigeria is becoming a social norm. It is the acceptability that is causing problems on roads.,” said the FRSC Sector Commander, Babatunde Farinloye, at the 2023 Ember Months Road Safety Campaign flag-off.
While noting that drivers need to change their attitude and be more responsible while using the roads, he stressed that smokers and sellers of drugs need to be pushed out of the motor park, if road usage safety should be achieved.
“There is no devil killing people during ember months. If the transport unions and elders in the sector work hard and make it a law that people will not be allowed to sell all these alcoholic beverages and drugs at motor parks, the roads will be safer.
“If smokers and sellers of these drugs can be pushed out of the motors park, crashes and fatalities on the roads will reduce.”
He called on drivers to learn how to share roads with other users “by having consideration for other road users with defensive driving intelligence to ensure the safety of lives and property.”
Farinloye stated that the force is concerned about precautionary measures to end carnages on the roads and appealed to road users to avoid “dangerous driving, speeding, use of alcohol and phone while driving, overloading, wrongful overtaking and other life-threatening infractions.”