A chief consultant noted that loss of lives and property to roads accidents could be reduced if drivers get effective training about their job.
The chief consultant said the government should take road signing and markings serious because “they are the primary guide for drivers on the roads’.
According to him, authorities must ensure that driving schools, where drivers are trained, are properly supervised to ensure that they do the right things.
He said: My advice, first and foremost, is to ensure that the driving schools are properly supervised to ensure that they teach road signs and road markings. I also advise the federal, states and local governments to ensure that their areas are properly signed and marked because it is the road signs that guide drivers in driving. It will tell the driver when to give way and when to go on. These are not there for now, not even the centre lines are properly marked.
I know this is an area in this country which people don’t take seriously. Of course, most of our roads are also naked. They have no road signs, neither road markings. These are among the things I wish to take on with government at all levels so that they would ensure that our roads are properly signed and marked.”
On the recent safety training at NDBDA, Mene said: “It was a great thing to have the managing director of a government agency getting so concerned about the rate Nigerians die on the roads, that he decided to train his drivers.
“What does the government get in return? The rate of accidents will go back to almost zero, which will then help insurance premiums because the more accidents you get, the higher your insurance. The benefit is that it saves lives, it saves the authority’s property, which are cars, and it will also save money because the insurance premium will begin to go down.
Other ways road accidents can be reduced are;
There should be no sacred cows or VIPs in the enforcement of road traffic laws and regulations. Leaders or VIPs are expected to lead by example and anything contrary must be resisted vehemently.
As governments and Non-governmental Organisations have been focusing on the campaign against HIV/AIDS, they should focus even more attention on the campaign against road accidents, which is killing more people than HIV/AID and at a faster rate.
All categories of drivers and vehicle owners must be made to undergo regular refresher courses because peer influence in driving cannot be overlooked. There is always the tendency for those obeying traffic rules to renege and imitate the errant drivers
After reading the post above, put in your own words and idea how you think road accidents can be prevented in Nigeria. Please refrain from coining or extracting from the Internet. Your personal idea is what we look forward to reading. Best of Luck
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