The Benue Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has deployed its personnel to major highways in the state, to ensure order on the roads during Christmas.
The Sector Commander, Habu Dauda, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Makurdi.
He said that all officers on leave have been recalled to ensure adequate coverage of the various routes across the state.
He said some of the regular and special marshals would embark on special foot patrols, to monitor road users and ensure compliance with traffic rules.
The commander said all patrol vehicles in the six units under the command have been fully equiped, while the officers had undergone training in handling emergencies.
Dauda commended the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for providing first aid kits to the command, as part of collaborative effort between the two agencies.
He said the focus would be on the road worthiness of vehicles, tyres life span, use of cell phones while driving, seat belts, overspeeding and overloading.
The commander, therefore, advised motorists to drive with care and moderation in order to stay alive.
Dauda urged passengers to caution commercial drivers found to be driving recklessly or over speeding.
” It is your right to ask them to cut down their speed, and if they refuse, watch out for any police check point and as they slow down for police checking, report them.
” Don’t be intimidated by the drivers, most of whom are not even aware of the rights of passengers, act wisely to stay alive, its your duty to protect your life,” he advised.
He commended the media for supporting the commission in its its sensitization campaigns, saying such support has helped in reducing road accidents.