The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Thursday said no fewer than 60 persons had died in about 179 road crashes in Anambra in the last 10 months.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC in the state, Mr Sunday Ajayi, said this while addressing journalists on the 2016 edition of “African Road safety Day and World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Crash Victims”.
Ajayi said the theme of the four-day celebration was “Vital Post-Crash Action; Medical Care, Investigation and Justice”.
He also said that no fewer than 387 persons involved in such crashes were wounded. According to him, the theme was to draw attention to the best way accident victims could be attended to minimise casualties and save lives.
He said the FRSC as the lead safety agency on the road was using the occasion to educate the public that damage could be reduced if there was enough awareness on their role of in the event traffic crash.
“This celebration was approved by the United Nations in 2005 to raise awareness and identify with families and friends of crash victims.
“In Anambra, there had been 179 road traffic crashes out of which 60 persons have died, while 387 are injured.
“We want to tell people that it is longer time to take pictures at crash scenes instead of providing help, there is need to understand why these crashes take place and we need to check impunity on the roads,” he said.
The activities marking the event include Mass Rally, Juma’at Prayer, Executive Walk, Hospital visitation, Candle light procession, enlightenment lectures and Thanksgiving service.