The Commander, Ogun State Traffic Compliance Enforcement Corps (TRACE), ‘Seni Ogunyemi has disclosed that over 40,000 vehicles ply old Abeokuta/Ibadan express way on daily basis, thereby causing traffic gridlock along Asero, Obantoko axis of the State capital.
The Corps Commander stated this at the ‘Ember’ month sensitization campaign programme, held at the Asero Motor Parks, Abeokuta, saying that ‘’due to the high volume of commuters, transporters take the opportunity of the Yuletide to increase their number of trips’’.
Ogunyemi, represented by his Deputy Corps Commander, Olusola Bamidele, however enjoined motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians to support the agency in its bid to totally reduced road traffic crashes on Ogun roads, noting that, safety on the roads was a collective responsibility.
He stated that the agency would collaborate with other sister agencies and the various transport unions, to further sensitize motorists, so as to ensure sanity on roads and motor parks across the State, as well as the free flow of vehicular movement.
‘’According to our research, over 40,000 vehicles ply the Abeokuta/Ibadan expressway everyday, which shows the high rate of vehicular movements along the axis. We also believe that commercial drivers willingly explore and take risks of travelling not only against traffic rules and regulations, but also by embarking on over-allotted trips, without taking cognisance of the dangers inherent in it’’, Ogunyemi said.
The Obantoko Divisional Commander (TRACE) Somuyiwa Abiodun earlier in his address, called on the transport Unions not to only sensitise their members, but educate them on the dangers of over-speeding, overloading, wrongful overtaking, the use of mobile phones, while driving and other traffic related vices.