Oyeyemi allays ember months fear, says period not naturally tragic

FRSC Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi has called on the motoring public to make the year 2020 ’ember’ months unique and crash-free by adhering strictly to road traffic regulations.

Oyeyemi stated among others that road traffic crashes are avoidable and road crash-free society is possible when best road practices are applied.

His advice comes as the FRSC begins its nationwide end of the year campaigns with the theme ‘drive safe and stay safe’.

According to the FRSC spokesman Bisi Kazeem, Oyeyemi strongly cautioned motorists to note that the end of the year is not naturally tragic and not in any way different from other months of the year, only that there seem to be an increase in vehicular movement witnessed during the season.

Debunking the myth that the last four months of the year commonly referred to as ’ember months’ are hazardous for motorists, the corps marshal said that it is very possible to drive without involving in a crash as long as motorists obey and adhere strictly to traffic laws and ensure constant maintenance of their vehicles.

He said: “With the rapid infrastructural development going on in the rail transportation sector under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, commuters are advised to maximise that alternative means of transportation by patronising the train stations where available, as this will drastically reduce the pressure on the road transportation sector.”

He admonished family and friends to travel in phases so as to avoid cluster of traffic during the ember months.

Oyeyemi said that night trips are not as safe as day trips and travellers must try as much as possible to plan their trips within the hours of the day because of visibility and fatigue factors on the side of the driver.

He also warned that all travelling protocols for COVID-19 must be strictly adhered to. Noting that the enforcement of 50 percent carrying capacity for all vehicles targeted at creating adequate physical distancing is still in place, adding that the corps will not spare any fleet operator caught violating COVID-19 protocols.