Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has urged motorists to desist from driving under influence of alcohol or narcotics to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers this ember month.
Ugwuanyi gave the advice on Friday in Enugu while flagging off the 2022 Ember Months Campaign of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), tagged: “2022 Operation Zero Ember Months Special Operations”.
The three-month operation is themed: “Avoid Speeding, Overloading and Use of Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive”.
The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Peter Omeje, urged motorists to take seriously their safety and that of their passengers by ensuring that all the components of their vehicles are in order before hitting the roads.
He noted that the state government had been doing its best to ensure the free flow of traffic and reduce road crashes, adding: “We have enacted Enugu State Traffic Law with 63 traffic offenses with their penalties.
“Again, to further buttress our commitments to ensuring seamless free-flow of traffic and reduction of road crashes, the state government embarked on the construction and maintenance of several roads across the state.
Speaking earlier, the acting Corps Marshal of FRSC, Mr. Dauda Biu, represented by the Zonal Commanding Officer of FRSC, Mr. Isaac Ameh, said that the corps had made all operational logistics for the success of the operation available.
Biu urged all stakeholders on road safety to ensure that they contribute their quota to ensure the success of the operation, adding that the mandate was to reduce road crashes and fatalities to below 15 per cent this season.