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Don’t create gridlock on Abuja-Okene Road, FRSC warns drivers


LOKOJA – The FRSC in Lokoja has urged motorists plying the Abuja-Lokoja-Okene road to exercise a high degree of patience and courtesy, to avoid unnecessary gridlock on the road.
The Kogi State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Godwin Omiko, who gave the admonition on Thursday, said that the noticeable increase in the volume of traffic on the road and other major routes in the state had made the warning necessary.
As Christmas draws near, he advised motorists to shun the temptation to violate the rules, insisting that the stipulated speed limit must be adhered to, while they must also avoid overtaking at hills, bends and built-up areas.
In response to the increasing volume of traffic , Omiko said that the commission would start diverting vehicles going to the South-South and South-East from Abuja through the Hassan Katsina road, calling on motorists to take note.
He also said that all major routes had been properly sectioned for effective traffic control and management, saying that camps had been established along the routes to ensure a 24-hour traffic patrol and rescue services by men and officials of the commission.
While saying that the FRSC had deployed mobile courts to some routes to try erring motorists, he said that the organisation enlisted the services of two radio stations which will disseminate road traffic updates on a two-hourly basis.
Omiko, however, warned motorists to avoid overloading, use of the phone while driving, drunk driving and dangerous driving, saying that they should also avoid night travelling, in view of the prevailing hazy weather.
He particularly warned convoy drivers not to engage in reckless driving, saying that men of the FRSC had been directed to pay special attention to this category of drivers, based on a survey recently carried out by the organisation which indicated that 65 per cent of them were guilty of reckless driving.
The Sector Commander said that ambulances, motorbikes, patrol vehicles and tow vehicles had been deployed to strategic points on the Abuja-Lokoja-Okene route, to allow for easy evacuation of broken-down vehicles and accident victims.
He said that 42 drivers had so far been arrested and convicted for various traffic offences since the beginning of the 2014 ember months campaign last month. (NAN)

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