In a press conference held on Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) urged members of the public especially defenceless road users to make use of pedestrian bridges or apply other safety measures while crossing the highways. Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, FRSC, gave the advice in a document made available to members of the press.
According to Oyeyemi, the vulnerable road users contributed to road traffic crashes by not observing road traffic rules. He went ahead to state that some pedestrians walk or run across the road without looking out for vehicles. He said that 87 per cent of road traffic crashes were caused by human error or negligence while equipment failure and bad roads account for the rest. Oyeyemi urged road users to walk on the road facing oncoming traffic; look left, right and left again before crossing the road and obey traffic lights and signals.
Furthermore, he advised them to cross the highway where there are zebra crossing or pedestrian bridge where provided.
He said: “Riders should wear smart bright coloured clothing; avoid flowing and flimsy garments, fancy boots, slippers and thin gloves. They should not carry more than one passenger; and should not squeeze between vehicles. Children under the ages 1 to 12 should not seat in front of vehicles and use child locks were available. It is against the law to transport anybody at the back of pickup vans.’’