The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, says it plans to raise awareness about safety measures and responsible behaviour on the roads among the youths in tertiary institutions in the state.
The sector commander of FRSC, Anthony Uga, said this on Friday in Ota, Ogun.
Recognising that tertiary institutions are a hub for young minds, Mr Uga said that the FRSC aims to impart knowledge, where FRSC representatives would deliver informative lectures to the students.
He noted that lectures would cover a wide range of topics related to road safety, including defensive driving, proper use of seatbelts, dangers of speeding, and the importance of adhering to traffic rules and regulations.
Mr Uga said that the FRSC aims to instil a safety-conscious mindset among the youth, who are not only at a higher risk of being involved in road accidents but also play a crucial role in shaping the future of the nation.
The sector commander explained that through these educational sessions, young people would develop a deep understanding of the repercussions of reckless behaviour on the roads.
This, he noted, would allow the youth to embrace safer practices as responsible road users.
He said that FRSC’s commitment to visiting tertiary institutions reflects their dedication to proactively addressing road safety concerns and fostering a culture of responsible driving.
The FRSC boss said that these were some of the plans, rolled out to check road crashes, apart from the ember-months campaign.
He said that the institutions to be visited include, Tai Solarin College of Education, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro and Federal College of Education, Osiele, among others.
The traffic chief said that some of the drivers drove under the influence of drugs and alcohol, adding that such a habit posed danger to other road users.
“The command will collaborate with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to check the use of intoxicating substances on our roads,” he said.
According to him, if the youth were not up to 18 years and above, they were not qualified to drive on the highway.
He said that such issues and the negative effects of using drugs would be highlighted as a warning to them during the lectures.
The FRSC boss said, “if such dangerous habits were checked, it would be another way of reducing road crashes because ‘we are catching them young before they get there.”