The Federal Road Safety Corps has said it arrested at least 4,907 persons for 6,339 traffic offences during the just concluded ‘Operation Zero Tolerance’ in the Federal Capital Territory.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Sector Commander, Muta’a Chorrie, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja.
‘Operation Zero Tolerance’ occurred during the yuletide season between 15 December 2023, and 15 January.
Chorrie identified non-use of seat belts, use of phones while driving and overspeeding as the major causes of accidents during the operation.
He then noted the Corps would carry out another special patrol operation in 2024 in the territory.
The Sector Commander stated that the experience during the 2023 end-of-the-year special patrol operations prompted the Corps to embark on another.
He notes that this would not only check excesses of users of mobile phones but would also reduce incessant road traffic crashes in the six area councils.
“The special Operation is tagged “Operation Falcon Speed Mobile Control”. This will help check all the things that cause road accidents and curb to the barest minimum, “he said.
The FRSC boss made it clear that the Corps had provided raider guns and other operational logistics to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness in 2024.
Chorrie asserted that the Command would also embark on intensive sensitisation in churches, Mosques and schools which he believed have larger populations.
“This will also help to inculcate driving culture and educate road users on effective traffic management in the FCT.
“The Corps would be visiting churches on Sundays and Mosques on Fridays as well as various public and private schools, “he said.
Chorrie enjoined motorists, particularly commercial drivers to always comply with traffic rules and give maximum cooperation to FRSC.
He observed that this would not only reduce road accidents with fatalities but also save lives and properties in the territory.