The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele, has reiterated the commision’s resolve to enforce the speed limiting device on Nigerian roads as from February 1, 2017. He announced this during the ember months flag off at RS 2.24 Ogere
The unit command last week urged all motorists to comply with the directive or face punitive punishment.
According to him, “Good global practice lessons learnt from the over 33 countries that have combated speed violations, with the implementation of the speed limiting device, informed the need for Nigeria to adopt the introduction of speed limiters in the country to confront this ugly situation.
Some of the countries that have successfully introduced speed limiters include Australia, (1990), India (2008) Japan(2001), Sweden (1994) and UK (1992). Even in some African countries like Zambia introduced speed limiters since 2005; Uganda in 2004, Tanzania and Kenya in 2003. South Africa recently introduced the speed limiter initiative to fight the scourge of traffic injuries.
Accordingly, learning from these countries which have successfully implemented speed limiter initiatives in their respective countries and in line with the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy which envisions a country where road traffic crashes would lead to zero death, introduced speed limiters to curb road carnages in Nigeria. If implemented diligently, this policy is capable of reducing road traffic fatalities in Nigeria by at least 35%..”
He added that full compliance would reduce road crashes drastically. “It has been observed that, there has been a downward reduction in fatal road crashes since Nigeria began the campaign on speed limiter in 2012 and the Speed Violation (SPV) percentage has also fallen this year, indicating that Nigeria has started reaping the benefits of speed limiter.”
Ogere Unit Commander, Maxwell Lede, also enlightened motorists on the FRSC 2016 theme, “Crash the Crash: Speed kills,” as a pointer to maintaining speed limit and thereby reducing fatal road crashes on our roads. “It has been scientifically proven that over-speeding is the number one cause of many crashes. When over-speeding it is difficult to control and the impact of crash is ten times greater,” he said.