A total of 68 persons died in 204 road crashes in Plateau State between January and December 2012.
Plateau Sector Commander, Federal Roads Safety Corps, FRSC, Sunday Maku, said in Jos on Thursday that four persons among the number died during the yuletide.
“Only four persons out of the 280 deaths recorded across the country during the yuletide were from Plateau,” he said.
Mr. Maku said the number of deaths recorded in 2012 showed a sharp drop from the 106 recorded in 222 road crashes that occurred in 2011.
“Out of the 204 accidents, 40 of them were fatal with the month of May recording the highest number of 23 crashes.
“From the data, the drastic reduction can be attributed to the intense enlightenment campaigns carried out by the corps in motor parks, television and radio, churches and mosques,” he said.
He said the road accidents are usually caused by over speeding, overloading, poor maintenance of vehicles, bad roads and poor attitude of drivers.
Mr. Maku said that drivers needed to change their manner of driving along the roads.
“Once there is attitudinal change, there will be behavioural change”.
The sector commander warned against reckless driving saying “only the living celebrates.”
Mr. Maku also urged motorists to ensure they used good tyres, avoid alcohol and phone calls while driving, so as to avoid road crashes.
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