Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it recorded 10,522 road crashes, 4,794 deaths and 28,449 injuries in 2020.
This is against 9,957 crashes and 4,878 deaths in 2019.
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem, disclosed this in an interview with the Newsmen in Abuja.
Kazeem said 4,794 persons lost their lives and 28,449 persons suffered various degrees of injury within the period under review. Meanwhile, 29,808 had minor injuries and survived.
He said there was a decrease in the total number of people road traffic crashes killed in 2020 when compared to 2019.
Speaking further, he said, in 2019, the Corps recorded 4,878 deaths. This is against 4,794 deaths in 2020, representing a decrease of 84 which was 1.75 per cent decrease.
According to him, the Corps recorded a total of 10,522 road traffic crashes involving 17,614 vehicles in the year 2020, as against 9,957 involving 16,806 vehicles recorded in the previous year 2019.
“The total number of crashes increased in the year 2020 with a total of 565 crashes, representing 5.37 per cent increase.
“In 2020 alone, out of 63,581 people involved in RTC, a total of 4, 794 were killed; as against 4, 878 in 2019 representing 1.75 per cent decrease.
“28,449 got injured in 2020 against 32,344 in 2019 representing a decrease of 3, 895 or 13.69 per cent.
“While a total of 29,808 survived the crashes with injuries in 2020 against 32,499 in 2019 representing 6745 or 10. 67 per cent decrease,” he said.
Kazeem said the major causes of these crashes that the corps observed was Speed-related Violations (SPV). This has contributed above 62 per cent of the total crashes.
He added that dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, overloading, break failure are reasons for these accidents. Tyre burst, wrongful overtaking and route violation were also probable major causes of crashes.
“Bad road, road construction violation, dangerous overtaking, sleeping on steering, poor weather, use of phone while driving, sign light violation, fatigue among others caused the crashes, ” he added.
Kazeem said the Corps believed that a crash-free society was still possible. This is feasible if road users and pedestrians adhere strictly to traffic laws .
He, however, warned that those who violated road traffic laws indiscriminately would definitely be penalized. This is because the operatives were more than ever prepared and deployed to enforce compliance.