9 die, 84 injured in Ogun

No fewer than nine persons died while 84 others sustained various degrees of injuries in various road crashes across Ogun between Dec. 15, 2018 and Jan. 15.

Seni Ogunyemi, the Corps Commander, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun, disclosed this in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.

The statement which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria was signed by the Corps Spokesperson, Babatunde Akinbiyi.

Ogunyemi explained that 42 road traffic crashes involving 12 private cars, two private buses, nine commercial buses, four commercial cars, four motorcycles, six medium trucks, five articulated trucks and six other vehicles were recorded.

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He added that during the period, 361 persons were involved in various crashes out of which 84 sustained injuries and nine males died.

The corps commander said 268 persons were rescued unhurt due to prompt response to emergency by TRACE.

He noted that 47.18 per cent of the crashes were caused by excessive speeding, 16.5 per cent by dangerous driving and 8.30 per cent by bad tyres.

According to him, 10.76 per cent of the crashes were caused by driving against traffic and 17.26 per cent by other factors.

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“Comparing year 2018 to year 2017, road traffic deaths were reduced by 55 per cent, from 20 in 2017 to 9 in 2018.

“The number of people injured also decreased by 2.33 per cent, from 86 in 2017 to 84 in 2018.

“Our resolve to reduce deaths and injuries on all roads in Ogun State will be pursued vigorously and relentlessly in 2019 such that no traffic offender shall go unpunished,” he said.

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Ogunyemi appealed to the motoring public to obey all traffic rules and regulations.

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