Fewer people died in road accidents within same period in 2012.
The Plateau State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has said that 157 people were killed in road accidents in three months (July to September) in the state. This was an increase over the less than 100 killed from road accidents within the same period in 2012.
The Commander of Zone 4 of the FRSC, Yakubu Attah, said this on Thursday in Jos during the community health week awareness campaign to motorists and other road users in the state.
Mr. Attah also said that 1,191 persons sustained various injuries between July and September.
The 2012 statistics within the same period show that 95 people were killed and 837 injured in road accidents.
He identified two major reasons for increased road accidents: failure of drivers and other road users to properly observe rules on the highways and an increased rate of high blood pressure among Nigerians.
According FRSC boss, hypertensive patients risk causing road accidents.
“A road user who is one with high blood pressure and or lack visual acuity is a risk factor,” he said.
Drivers were urged to embark on regular health checks to avoid breakdown while driving.
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