“Human factor constituted 90 per cent of road accidents.”
Plateau Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Sunday, said no fewer than 60 persons were killed in road accidents within the state between January and July.
Samuel Odukoya, the Sector Commander, revealed that about 460 people were injured in the incidents, adding that the stat recorded 131 cases of road traffic accidents.
The sector commander said 23 cases were fatal, 105 serious while three were minor.
Odukoya attributed the multiple road accidents to human, mechanical and environment factors. He said human factor constituted 90 per cent of road accidents in the country with drivers alone accounting for 80 per cent.
He cited over confidence, over speeding, tiredness, lack of concentration, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and poor vehicle maintenance.
Odukoya also listed indiscriminate parking, distractions by passengers, phone calls, non-charlatan attitude of drivers and carelessness by pedestrians as other causes of accidents.
He, however, stated that mechanical factors contributed only 10 per cent of the road accidents.
The FRSC boss expressed regrets that good roads often caused more accidents than bad ones because of over speeding.
“Each driver should ensure that the engine of his car is sound, the mirrors, wipers and other gadgets are in place while they should obey traffic rules and regulations,” he said.
Odukoya advised drivers to avoid using phones while driving.
-By Vincent Ehiabhi
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