The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has made significant progress in its mission to ensure safer roads in Nigeria. Recent data reveals that from January to September 2023, the FRSC recorded a marked reduction in the total number of road traffic crashes (RTCs), injuries, and fatalities.
According to the FRSC’s road traffic crash dashboard, there was a 22% decrease in RTCs during this period, with 7,830 crashes reported as compared to 10,039 in the same timeframe in 2022. Furthermore, the number of individuals rescued with injuries saw a 21.3% reduction, with 22,580 individuals rescued in 2023 as opposed to 28,698 in 2022.
Fatalities on the road also witnessed a significant drop. The crash data report indicates that in the first nine months of 2023, 3,730 fatalities were recorded, a 23.1% reduction from the 4,848 reported in the same period in 2022.
Highlighting the achievements, the FRSC emphasized the notable progress made in the third quarter of 2023 (July to September). During this quarter, RTCs were reduced by 37.6%, with the numbers dropping from 3,412 in 2022 to 2,130 in 2023. Injuries from road traffic incidents decreased by 36.7%, and fatalities saw a 40% reduction, with the numbers declining from 1,470 in 2022 to 880 in 2023.
The FRSC attributes these positive outcomes to several factors. Enhanced visibility on the highways, aggressive public education campaigns, expanded command structures, and the addition of more patrol, rescue, and recovery vehicles have all played a part. The Corps has also emphasized the importance of prompt rescue services, speedy removal of obstructions, and the deployment of personnel and logistics to previously uncovered areas.
Corps Marshal Dauda Ali Biu expressed the FRSC’s commitment to building on these achievements. He emphasized that the current administration of the corps is determined to continue its efforts in reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Nigerian roads.
In light of these developments, the FRSC’s dedication to ensuring road safety is evident. Their efforts underscore the importance of continuous improvements and innovations in road safety measures to protect the lives of all road users in Nigeria.