Worried about the high incidence of Vectra vehicle crashes along the Jos route, the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has intensified efforts to enhance safety on the route.
Speaking in Keffi on October 26, 2016 during a workshop organized by the Agricultural Transformation Support Program, phase one (ATASP-1), an Assistant Corp Commander of FRSC, Kumar Tsukwam disclosed that most Vectra commercial drivers who are visibly between their mid-twenties and mid-thirties say that “we enjoy moving at 190-200km/per hour so we can go as many times as possible.” To me, that is a “suicidal speed,” the official FRSC said.
“Most of the accidents along the route are caused by over-speed, and when accident occurs on that high speed, the fatality rate is usually high. Sometimes, we use saw and other devices before we can remove mangled bodies of the drivers and passengers from the accident scene,” the official said.
Tsukwam however, cautioned passengers who ply the route to join in the efforts to reduce cases of accidents by reporting reckless drivers to next available FRSC point for disciplinary actions.
On why there are more Vectra along the Jos route than any other route in country, the official stated that “Vectra vehicles are cheap to buy.” Sadly, there are no new ones, only used ones.”
The official expressed optimism that the incidents will reduce drastically with the combine efforts they have put in place.
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