Yuletide: Task Force To Maintain Sanity On Ogun Traffic Corridor Berths - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Yuletide: Task Force To Maintain Sanity On Ogun Traffic Corridor Berths

                         •The team

The Daily Crucible | Published  Thursday, December 16, 2021

Ogun State Government has inaugurated a Joint Task Force comprising the FRSC, Police, TRACE, VIO and the Ministry of Transportation to maintain sanity on major roads within the state and provide effective traffic management strategies, particularly during the yuletide and new year.

This seeks to put motorists and other road users in close monitoring to engender hitch free movement, reduction in road traffic crashes, ensure road worthy vehicles and check the excesses of motorists and riders during the festive season and beyond.

The joint operations begins on Wednesday this December 22 and will cover the Abeokuta/Sagamu Highway, Ijebu-Ode/Epe Highway and Abeokuta/Otta Highway, according to a release by Superintendent Route Commander and FRSC Public Education Officer for the Sector Commander of Ogun Sector Command, Florence Okpe.

The joint operations will focus on, excessive speed, dangerous driving, wrongful overtaking, lane indiscipline, use of phone while driving and driving under the Influence of alcohol among other traffic offences.

The motoring public is  hereby cautioned and advised to be law abiding and desist from acts that could pose as threats to them and other road users during the festive season, as life has no duplicate. 

This is coming as Ogun state Sector Command of the FRSC commences 2021  Ember Months  Special Patrol  Operations tomorrow,  Friday.

The Special Patrol Operations would focus on,              Excessive speed; Dangerous driving; Wrongful overtaking; Lane indiscipline; Use of phone while driving; Seat belt violation ; Overloading violation ; Tyre violation (expired/ substandard) as well as Speed Limiting Device violation ; Unlatched vehicles violation ; Child restraint violation ; Passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and Use of drugs & intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.   
The operations will end on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Personnel Deployment 

A total of one thousand and  seven hundred (1,700)  personnel comprising Regular and Special Marshals have been mobilised and deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways across Ogun state especially  the  Lagos -  Ibadan; Sagamu -  Ijebu Ode ; Sagamu - Mosinmi -  Ikorodu; Abeokuta - Sagamu ; Abeokuta - Ibadan; Abeokuta - Ifo - Sango - Ota - Lagos Corridors , as well as the  Ota - Idiroko international  corridor.

Operational Equipment Deployed 

The under listed operational  equipments have been provided to ensure desired impact on the entire stretch of highways across Ogun state :-

 (a) 35 patrol vehicles                
(b) 6  Advanced Life Support Ambulances.          ( c) 5  patrol motor bikes.           (d) 2 heavy duty tow Truck.
 (e) Brethlisers for testing drivers for  drugs and alcoholic consumption
 (f) Excriciating machines for rescuing trapped crash victims 
 Traffic Control Areas

Traffic control areas to be manned by FRSC personnel , assisted by sister security and emergency agencies have been set up to ensure easy intervention to traffic distress from the boundaries of Ogun State with neighbouring states of Lagos, Oyo and Ondo States.

Equally, all the FRSC Ambulances points in Ogun state located at SIUN, ITORI; SAGAMU; IJEBU ODE and OGUNMAKIN, in addition to  the night rescue teams at various FRSC formations would operate 24 hours Rescue Operations throughout the duration of the Special Patrol Operations.   

The FRSC Ogun state Command has also embarked on aggressive motor parks public enlightenment campaigns across the state.

Motorists traveling during this period to celebrate with their loved ones are advised to be extra careful and ensure their journeys are properly planned, with their vehicles routinely serviced , while paying special attention to  construction areas where overtaking is prohibited and maximum speed is perked at 50km per hour, especially at construction zones where traffic is diverted. 

The FRSC Ogun State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Ahmed Umar, has appealed to motorists to demonstrate the reason of this season by showing love to fellow road users by  sharing the road responsibly  and obeying traffic rules to arrive home safely to celebrate with their loved ones.

The Sector Commander urged motorists to imbibe the theme of this year's Special Patrol Operations of Maintain Safe Speed ,  Avoid Night Travels  and Enjoy Quality Road Experience". 

The Sector Commander therefore warned that any motorist apprehended flouting traffic rules during the Yuletide may   be treated as driving dangerously and could be prosecuted. 

Conduct of Mobile Courts to Prosecute Traffic Infractions

The FRSC  would   intensify the conduct of mobile courts during the Yuletide to support the Special Patrol Operations across the road corridors in Ogun State. 
Broadcast of Traffic Alerts during The Yuletide

The FRSC Ogun State Command, as customary  would provide timely traffic situation on corridors across Ogun State, to guide motorists in having seamless travel experience. This would be through the social media and in conjunction with the print and electronic media 

This traffic broadcast would also be available through the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM Abuja , which can be streamed online . 
FRSC Emergency Telephone Services

In case of a road traffic  crash and obstruction, the FRSC could be reached on the  FRSC toll free number 122. 

According to a release by Superintendent Route Commander and FRSC Public Education Officer for the Sector Commander of Ogun Sector Command, Florence Okpe, details of the Special Patrol Operations is available on www.frsc.gov.ng  and www.facebook.com/frsc nigeria

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