The Ogun Traffic Compliance And Enforcement Corps has directed its operatives to embark on 24 hours patrol of Sango-Abeokuta Expressway, following incessant accidents on the highway resulting to loss of lives and property.
Tope Oseni, TRACE Unit Commander of Owode-Ijako, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ota, Ogun that the corps would give special attention to Owode-Ijako section.
According to her, the measure becomes necessary as Julius Berger begins construction work on the road and also to curb accidents on the highway, which could result to loss of lives and property.
She said the measure would go a long way to checkmate careless motorists and other road users plying the highway.
Ota Gossip NAN recalls that more than four people including a TRACE operative were killed by hit-and run motorists along Owode-Ijako recently.
She said: “We have received the mandate to check incessant killing of people by some reckless motorists along Owode-Ijako section of the expressway, this is why we are increasing our patrol to 24 hours.
“The construction company in charge of this road has indicated its readiness to start construction works without delay.
“It is part of our mandate to ensure that there is free flow of traffic and to ensure that the workers on the road are not disturbed.
“So there is need for motorists to adhere strictly to traffic controllers’ instructions, the traffic controllers include TRACE, Police, FRSC, just to mention but a few.”
According to her, motorists’ speed limit at this affected portion of the expressway must not exceed between 45 and50 kilometers to avoid unnecessary loss of lives in this section of the road.
She implored motorists whose vehicles’ engines develop mechanical fault to inform the traffic agencies to avoid gridlock on the major road.
The unit commander cautioned motorists to refrain from drinking alcohol and use of telephone while on the wheels, and “I am reminding them that we are still in the rainy season and more importantly in ’ember months”.