The Rivers State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has deployed 1,190 personnels to patrol various parts of the state and highways ahead of Easter celebration.
The Command, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by its Acting Sector Public Enlightenment Officer, Juliana Eni, said the exercise was aimed at eradicating road traffic crashes and creating a safe motoring environment.
The statement said a total of 330 officers 360 marshals and 500 special marshals as well as 30 patrol vehicles and two ambulances were involved in the deployment.
It reads in part: “Federal Road Safety Corps as a lead agency aimed at Eradicating Road Traffic Crashes and Creating a Safe Motoring Environment in Nigeria, deploys a total of 330 Officers and 360 Marshals, 500 Special Marshals to patrol various parts of the highways of Rivers State and metropolis to ensure obedience to traffic rules and regulations, ease flow of traffic and to respond promptly to any traffic crash should it occur.
“This, as directed by the Sector Commander Corps Commander Salisu U Galadunci MLCJ rss, is in keeping to the Command’s promise to effective service delivery to the citizens of the State to ensure they enjoy a hitch free Easter Celebrations.
“Additionally more than 30 patrol vehicles will be deployed on duty across the State and 2 Ambulances to be strategically located on standby for emergencies.
“The Sector Commander has further promised citizens of the State that the Special Patrols will adopt the engagement of motoring public through impactful public education and surveillance activities among other things with a view to regulate, check excesses of bad driving habits of the will be violators of traffic rules.
“The Sector Commander advises the people of Rivers State to drive safely, avoid drunk driving, use of phone while driving, overloading inter alia. He however decried the emergence of traffic light violations being noted at various newly installed traffic light locations within the metropolis. He warned that anyone caught will not be spared.
“He concluded by urging members of the public to avail themselves the opportunity to call the FRSC emergency Toll Free number 122 to report any emergency. He wished the good people of Rivers State a Happy Easter Period.”