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35 die, 270 Injured in Anambra road mishaps



The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has disclosed that a total of 35 persons lost their lives while 270 were injured in 97 road crashes in Anambra State between January and November this year.

Sector Commander, CC Adeoye Irelewuyi, who made the disclosure during a media forum sit-out with the command, said 820 persons were involved in the crashes, with 25 of them being fatal.

He said the statistics showed significant improvement and reduction when compared with 2022 records where a total of 132 RTCs involving 1,048 persons were recorded.

He said, “As a state Command looking at our activities from the month of January to 30th November, 2023 we recorded a total of 97 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs), in which 820 persons were involved, 25 of the RTCs were fatal, claiming the lives of 35 persons and 270 persons injured.

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“This shows there is a significant improvement and reduction when compared with 2022 records where we had a total of 132 RTCs involving 1,048 persons, 42 of which were fatal, claiming the lives of 64 persons and injuring 306 persons.

“In the face of security threats and high risks to personnel safety, the Anambra Sector Command remains undaunted in its efforts to drastically reduce RTCs and create safer motoring environment.

“It has arrested 1,953 offenders with 2,119 offences from January to 30th November, 2023 and impounded 332 vehicles.

“This also shows an improvement when compared to the year 2022 where we recorded 1,381 offenders arrest with 1,493 offences and 382 impoundments.

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“The Command will continue to strive harder to ensure the achievement of the Corps’ Corporate Strategic goals as well as the United Nations target of reduction of RTC by 50% by the year 2030.

Regarding preparations for 2023 operation zero-tolerance, the FRSC boss announced deployment of about 1000 personnel State wide, including regular and Special Marshals.

“In light of the above, therefore, the Command is poised to commence Operation Zero Tolerance to RTC, which starts nationwide on December 15, 2023, and is expected to run through January 15, 2024.

“We have mapped out strategies for the success of this exercise in Anambra State. These strategies include: Deployment of about 1000 personnel State wide. These include both regular and Special Marshals.

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“It is expected that these personnel, when deployed, will engage in robust traffic management (enforcement and traffic control) as well as Public enlightenment, all targeted towards RTC reduction.”