The Ogun State Police Command has urged motorists, commuters, pedestrians to be watchful on each day during the ember months.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, said this on Tuesday while speaking during an interview on Secure365, a radio programme initiated by the state police command.
She advised road users to be alert and make safety on the road a part of their lifestyle.
“I also need our motorists to drive for others and be cautious because some vehicle brakes are not working properly. I want you to be careful while driving and avoid speeding.
“Do not always assume you are cautious while driving. Always make sure your car parts are in good condition before you get on the wheel, and do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” she cautioned motorists.
Omolola noted that no fewer than 10 auto accidents had occurred in Ogun State in the last eight days, in which some of them were fatal while some had the victims left with serious fractures and bodily injuries.
She also advised motorists and commuters to be security conscious this ember period, as anyone could be a prey to evil perpetrators.
“We have had cases of people who act as passengers, so they can snatch the motorcycle of a commercial cyclist.
“Criminals and hoodlums use taxis and buses to stage ‘one chance’ vehicles, so before you board any public transit, observe the passengers and take a mental capture. If your intuition doesn’t permit you to hop in, wait for the next vehicle.”
She also pleaded with the public to implore safety measures while on motorcycles because of possible accidents that may occur.
“When you are riding on a motorcycle, your body is the cover of the motorcycle, and you need to be careful.
“Most people don’t wear their crash helmet while on a motorcycle, even when it is at an uncontrollable speed. The Nigeria Police Force needs you alive, and we want you to celebrate this ember month without any fracture, injury, or mourning,” she said.
When asked about the reason the law guiding the compulsory use of helmets by commercial motorcyclists ceased taking effect, Omolola said the road users frustrated their effort.
“ If you wear your helmet, you are safer and if you don’t wear your helmet, you are likely to crash. Sometimes, it is not as if the law enforcement agencies overlook some of these things but when we come so hard on these commercial motorcycles, you begin to hear false stories about us.
“As passengers, learn to be safe by insisting that the motorcycle rider provides a crash helmet for you,” Omolola added.