The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said yesterday that 301 persons died in over 617 road crashes recorded in Ogun State between January and October.
FRSC Sector Commander Mr. Clement Oladele disclosed this during the 2019 “Ember Months” road safety campaign mega rally held at Asero park, Abeokuta.
The theme of the programme is: “Road Safety is a State of the Mind, Road Traffic Crash is Absence of Mind, Stay Alert, Stay Alive”.
Oladele said over 1, 723 accident victims were rescued to hospitals across the state during the period under review.
The FRSC boss said from January to October, road crashes increased by 43 per cent, compared to 2018, adding that the number of deaths also increased by 23 per cent.
“FRSC rescue teams have, however, within the same period of January to October this year increased the number of rescued victims from road crashes from 1,529 last year to 1,793 this year.
“Our internal performance evaluations have caused the FRSC Ogun State Command to double its operations and activities to meet the rising rate of road crashes in the state,” he said.
Governor Dapo Abiodun hailed the initiative of the FRSC for organising the programme.
Abiodun, represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, noted that the statistics on road traffic crashes recorded in the year was worrisome.