Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has advised all motorists across the state to exercise caution while driving on roads to ensure safety of their lives and those of passengers during the Yuletide period.
The Governor who spoke at the 2017 Ember Months Campaign Flag-off organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ondo State Sector Command also banned sale of alcohol at motor parks in the state.
He frowned at sale of alcoholic drinks at motor parks, saying this constitutes danger to the safety of lives of the commercial drivers and their passengers on the road.
The theme of this year's campaign held at Ado Motor Park, Akure, is "Right to Life: Not Negotiable".
Akeredolu who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Transport, Mr. Tobi Ogunleye, charged all road users to exercise caution while driving on the roads.
He admonished all road users and managers including commercial drivers, government drivers, bullion van drivers, private vehicle owners, security agents and everybody to be conscious of their lives and those of others.
He attributed causes of most accidents on the roads to negligence on the part of motorists and pedestrians and called on them to change their attitude to ensure safety on the roads.
The Governor noted that life has no duplicate hence the need for all road users to drive carefully to stay alive.
"You must be working towards securing and protecting your life and that of others. Also, as a pedestrian, you must be careful to save your life, when you are crossing the road you must look both left and right before you cross", he emphasised.
Earlier, the Sector Commander, FRSC, Ondo Sector Command, Mr. Vincent Jack, said the Ember months campaign was to sensitise drivers on the need for attitudinal change in the Yuletide period, adding that there is nothing wrong with Ember months but the road users must be patient and drive carefully for the safety of all.
"Over the years, we discovered that when the year is about ending there is this funny attitude of our people towards safe road use which of course leads to crashes on our roads.
"Within this period, most of our people, especially commercial drivers are either in a hurry, they will want to meet so many trips within one day and in the process crashes may occur, leading to untimely death or permanent disability", Jack asserted.
He said all road users have right to life and nobody has any right to take the life of another person, stressing that there is joy in driving safely.
On his part, the Ondo state Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr Jacob Adebo popularly called Idajo, advised all drivers to always check their tyres, brake oil, brake pad and other necessary things on their vehicles before they hit the road to ensure safety of their lives and their passengers.
He commended the FRSC for the Ember months campaign, saying this would also go a long way to further ensure safety on the roads.
Adebo added that the union has been sensitising its members on the need to drive carefully, avoid over speeding and drunk driving to check carnage on the roads in the Ember months.
The event was attended by relevant stakeholders including heads of security agencies, NURTW members, corps members, among others.