Badagry (Lagos State) – Mr Salisu Galadunci, Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Badagry, on Tuesday advised motorists to avoid reckless driving on the Badagry-Seme Expressway.
Galadunci said this while addressing drivers of articulated vehicles on the Ember month campaign at the Atlas Park, in Seme.
He urged the drivers to always check their tyres before embarking on trips.
“The main reason why we decided to talk to trailer drivers was because they are mostly involved in violation of traffic regulation along Badagry-Seme expressway.
“We observed that many of them drive recklessly and they always overspeed; this in turn endangers the life of other road users. This trend has to stop.
“In addition to this, most of the drivers do not check their tyres to see if they have expired or are still roadworthy.
“ They just drive without doing proper checks of their tyres and vehicles; that is why many trailers break down on the road.
“Drivers of trailers should always ensure that they carry out daily routine checks of their vehicles so that they can find out if the vehicles have problems.
“If you can make this a habit to check your vehicles daily, it would prevent and save us a lot of mishaps on the road,’’ he said.
Galadunci, however, appealed to the Federal Government to rehabilitate the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
“Motorists go through a lot of hardship on the Lagos- Badagry expressway because of the deplorable state of the road.
“Due to the strategic location of the road to the nation’s economy, the road is usually very busy.
“ People spend hours on the road because of the countless potholes which result in heavy traffic on the expressway.
“The federal government should do something about the state of the expressway urgently,’’ he said.
The commandant advised the public to obey traffic rules and regulation to ensure an accident-free celebration.
Mr Mohammed Audu, Chairman, Trailer Drivers Union of Seme, said that the association would always abide by the traffic laws.
He said that any driver caught violating traffic rules should be punished.
“We would ensure that we don’t endanger the lives of other road users.
“But, government should try to fix the road because the state of the road is not making it easy for all road users,’’ he said. (NAN)