The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday said that the main cause of the deaths of influential people and politicians through road accidents, is because they disobey road traffic regulations and safety precautions.
The Lagos State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Hyginus Omeje, made the remark during a courtesy visit to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, in his office.
Omeje, who was represented by Mr Michael Olapade, the Deputy Corps Commander, said that many politicians reacted roughly when stopped by corps’ officers on the roads.
While recalling the death of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi, his wife and son, as a result of an auto crash on the Abuja-Kaduna road on Sunday, Omeje said “the lives of our youth are being lost on daily basis”.
He said, “Many people talk of AIDS as most deadly disease. The FRSC does not believe this when you talk of number of deaths because deaths through road accidents are much higher.
“The elite and the youth are being wasted each day in road crashes. Many people are killed carelessly through road crashes and they constitute twice the number killed by AIDs and the elite are the worse hit.
“If proactive measures are not taken, road crashes can end the political ambitions of many politicians.”
The sector commander, therefore, urged the politicians to abide by road traffic regulations and safety precautions.