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Udom advocates enforcement of speed limit on commercial vehicles

By Ayoyinka Jegede, Uyo
08 October 2021   |   3:02 am
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has canvassed strict enforcement of installation of speed limit devices on all commercial vehicles to reduce road accidents in the country.

[FILES] Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel. Photo/facebook/MrUdomEmmanuel/

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has canvassed strict enforcement of installation of speed limit devices on all commercial vehicles to reduce road accidents in the country.

Emmanuel, who was represented by the Commissioner for Transport, Uno Etim Uno, said this, yesterday, at the start of the 2021 Ember Months road safety campaign, pointing out that the speed limit device would check excessive speeding by some drivers.

He enjoined the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to promptly arrest and prosecute commercial drivers, who risk the lives of their passengers by using unworthy vehicles on the highways.

The governor noted that some drivers were addicted to drunk driving, overspeeding and impatience, while others were careless about the safety of their vehicles by putting partially functional vehicles to the detriment of passengers and other road users.

“As we all know, road accidents have taken a heavy toll on many families across the country. Parents, breadwinners and loved ones have had their dreams truncated through avoidable road accidents, leaving their families in anguish, agony and despair.

“Speaking sincerely, most of the crashes would have been averted if our road users, especially drivers were a little more careful while driving.

“I, therefore, strongly advocate strict enforcement of installation of speed limit device by all commercial drivers to check the uncontrollable speeding by some recalcitrant drivers,” he stated.

Emmanuel said the state government would invest in the construction of good roads across the state in keeping with the promise of providing quality infrastructure to boost the socio-economic wellbeing of Akwa Ibom people.

He commended the FRSC for the Ember Months campaign initiative and appealed to drivers and other road users to imbibe the message of the campaign for the good of all.

Earlier, the FRSC Sector Commander in Akwa Ibom, Matthew Olonisaye, who spoke on the theme: Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Travels and Enjoy Quality Road Experience, noted that the command was poised to take proactive measures in promoting traffic safety across the country.

Olonisaye urged commuters to desist from acts capable of endangering the life and property of road users.

“Compliance with traffic rules and regulations should be of utmost importance to the motoring public. Motorists are advised to avoid over speeding, use of telephone while driving, driving against traffic and their undesirable outcomes,” Olonisaye said.

He cautioned drivers, motorists and all road users against night travels, stressing that rescue for accidents victims, who travel at night was usually very difficult.