The Federal Road Safety Corps (RS 5.3 Anambra) in conjunction with Anambra State Government has commenced 2017 `Ember Months Awareness Campaign’.
The campaign was flagged-off at Chisco Park, Upper Iweka, Onitsha, with Theme: “Right to Life On The Highway Not Negotiable”.
Present at the occasion was Commissioner for Information and Communication strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta and Transition Committee Chairman, Onitsha South Local Government, Mr Emeka Asoanya.
Others present are, APGA members, security personnel and Ndi Igwes.
The Corp Marshall FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi commended the achievements of Gov. Willie Obiano and enjoined drivers to shun smoking and alcohol consumption while driving.
The governor expressed appreciation to all who were present at the campaign flag-off.
He stressed that adequate safety measures must be maintained by every road user.
Gov. Obiano, however, sounded a note of warning to those selling alcoholic drinks at motor parks to desist from such acts, so as to ensure safety of people who would travel during Christmas celebrations.
Gov. Obiano ordered security personnel to arrest anybody found selling alcoholic drinks in the motor parks.
Obiano, then, said that the Federal Road Safety Corps would be there to inspect people’s vehicle and if found faulty, the culprit would be detained in the police custody.
He warned road users to shun phone calls while driving; make use of seat belt, stop speeding and advise people to make use of pedestrian access routes for their safety.
Obiano said he would place 40 ambulance vehicles on standby in case of emergency and that doctors would be placed on 24 hour call too.
He also appealed to the Red Cross society members to be around the ambulances.
The governor, however, warned that defaulters of these rules shall be apprehended for six months.