The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said about 215 people died in various road accidents in Kano state in 2022.
The Sector Commander, Kano State Command, Zubairu Mato disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria on Friday. He added that the command arrested 11,557 traffic offenders in year 2022.
He said the arrested people committed about 13,718 offences which include overloading, failure to produce a driver’s licence, exceeding the speed limit and failure to have registered number plates
“From December 2022 to date, the FRSC has also arrested 8,700 motorcycles and vehicles which do not have registered plate numbers.
“The FRSC also impounded 11,312 vehicles last year,” Mato said.
According to him, in 2021, 300 road accidents were recorded in the state while in 2022, the figure reduced to 226.
The sector commander said the number of victims rescued from accident scenes increased in 2022, as 489 were rescued in 2021, while in 2022, 845 were rescued.
“The number of people killed in 2021 is 273, while in 2022, the number stood at 215; the number of those injured in 2021 is 1,689, while that of 2022 is 1,035.
“The number of those involved in road accidents in 2021 is 2,451 while in 2022, the number reduced to 1,805,” he said.
Mato said that the command conducted early morning patrols at motor parks to educate drivers on the importance of obeying traffic rules and regulations.
“FRSC Kano State Command has also visited religious places to encourage them to imbibe traffic rules and regulations,” he said.
According to him, the number of mobile courts in the state is 52, adding that the mobile courts convicted 1,606 offenders and acquitted 225. He urged parents to stop their underage from driving, describing it as dangerous.
Mato expressed satisfaction at the role of media professionals in public enlightenment and sought their continued cooperation in enlightening the public on road safety.