FRSC says road accidents due to human error, such as using earpiece while driving, have caused more deaths than major communicable diseases and ailments.
According to the Assistant Route Commander, Mr. Olukayode Ayoola, who gave the warning in Lagos, the use of earpiece by drivers had caused countless accidents.
Ayoola, who was sensitising some Christians to road safety rules at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), in Abesan, said several accidents had occurred because drivers did not hear necessary caution horning.
According to him, 90% of road crashes is due to human error which has to do with ignorance and carelessness. He said just 10% of road crashes is due to mechanical faults.
Ayoola said :
“It is unfortunate that people know the right thing to do while driving but refuse to do them.”
“All precautionary measures put out by the road safety are not for formalities but are meant to be adhered to, for the safety of all.”
“Use of phones and earpiece is seriously discouraged while driving, it is an offence. These will serve as distractions and could lead to accidents and eventual deaths,”
The FRSC boss also adviced drivers to place caution sign 50metres away from the location where their cars had issues. This is meant to guard against another incoming car running into them.
He added that :
“Children under the age of 12 should not be allowed to sit in the front. And mothers fond of breastfeeding while driving should disist from it,”
Ayoola also revealed that road accidents had caused deaths more than major communicable diseases and ailments.
He however advised Nigerians to be conscious of highway codes and all road safety measures.