By Nick Dugba.
The human factor has been attributed to be the cause of recent road accidents in Jalingo which occurred at separate occasions, resulting in the loss of 10 lives and sustained injuries.
This was revealed by the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Taraba state, Godwin Omiko, in an exclusive interview with Taravoices recently.
According to Omiko, who gave an overview of the road sector in Taraba state in the preceding year, rough and reckless driving by some drivers were primarily responsible for road accidents generally and attributed same to the recent accident that occurred along Mile Six, Jalingo, the last one along the Jalingo-Wukari highway in Nukkai.
‘The nature of the road to a great extent may have no direct impact on the issues of road crashes because when you leave a vehicle in a dangerous spot for say, ten years, nobody will die because the car is not moving.
But it takes a bad driver who drives roughly on a bad road, that a crash will occur. When we look at the causes of road traffic accidents, 90% of road crashes are caused by the drivers’, Omiko stated.
The Corps Commander listed the three primary elements that could contribute to an accident to include, the human factor, mechanical and environmental factors.
‘The environmental factor talks about the road, buildings, weather condition; the mechanical factor is about the vehicle, whether the brakes are in good condition and the tyres and engine.
Now the human factor; you have the driver, the other person who is driving, the other car, the pedestrian that is walking along the road, the hawkers and those who do business on the road’, he added.
He gave a vivid description of the ugly incident that happened last week in Nukkai, Jalingo and concluded that as a result, his organization had an interface with the appropriate government authorities to construct speed bumps on both segments of the highways at Mile 6 and Nukkai, which has since been done.
Omiko however, advised motorists to follow road rules and regulations as well as government at both federal and state to dualize the Jalingo-Wukari highway and Jalingo-Numan highway, to avoid the unnecessary loss of lives along these routes.