The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kuje Unit command, has advised motorists travelling for Christmas to obey all traffic rules, avoid reckless driving and night journeys.
Mr Solomon Igbogbo, the Unit Commander, gave the advice on Thursday in Kuje, Abuja.
Igbogbo said there was need for travellers to adhere strictly to traffic rules and be wary of the dangers inherent in reckless driving, especially during the yuletide periods.
The unit commander said: “Road crashes are not mere occurrences but negligence on the part of some reckless drivers who fail to obey traffic rules.
“It is better to drive safely for the whole day and get to your destination, than speeding and driving recklessly without getting to your destination.
“All we need do on our highways is to examine our driving attitude, to stay clear of any unhealthy practices and to be promoters of road safety advocacy.”
He identified arrogance, speeding, use of expired tires, driving under the influence of alcohol and overloading as the major causes of road crashes on the high ways.
Igbogbo called for partnership between the command and the transport unions to sensitise motorists in the area and reduce road accidents to the barest minimum.
“Accidents do not just happen; they are caused by road users as a result of negligence and disobedience to traffic rules and regulations.
“Road traffic crashes are not mere occurrences but largely human, but can be reduced through conscious effort by drivers by strictly adhering to traffic rules,” he said.
He said that the unit would do its best to achieve zero road crashes in the area during and after the yuletide by putting Road Marshals on their toes.
He also said the command has set a mobile court along Airport Road, Abuja, to arrest and prosecute traffic offenders during the festive period.