The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Ogun State Command on Wednesday cautioned commercial drivers and motorists shuttling roads in the state to desist from relying on charms and other pseudo supernatural powers as a means of escaping auto crashes.
Adegoke Adetunji, the Sector Commander, stated this at a public sensitization programme organized by the command and the National Association of Seadogs.
The sensitization program was put together for commercial drivers who are members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Road Transport Workers that operate at the Ayetoro Garage, Lafenwa, Abeokuta.
Adetunji said he discovered that the reliance on charms by commercial drivers and motorists was responsible for the excessive speeding and recklessness displayed by many of them on the highways in the state.
He explained that the possession of such charms and supernatural powers most times give the drivers a false sense of security and immunity against road accidents.
He said the potency of such charms and supernatural powers remain largely in doubt, as no one has been able to prove their efficacy and effectiveness in protecting drivers against road accidents.
“I will tell them (drivers) that if they want to prepare a charm for them, probably, they would use the skin of a lion or that of a goat to prepare it. That goat or lion whose skin was used to prepare the
charm, what killed it? Is it not death? That means nobody is immune against death and when you have a crash or an accident, if you are lucky, you stay alive or you get maimed. If you are unlucky, you cross to the other side of life. So, we want to advise them that they should please, know that there is nothing like juju or charms when it comes to using the roads,” he said.
The Sector Commander advised motorists that the only way to avoid road accidents was the strict observance of all traffic rules and regulations.
“Even the white man who manufactured the vehicle can be killed in road accidents by the vehicle he manufactured. They should please, ensure that they do what is right always while driving. If they do what is right, if they are patient, obey road traffic rules; I’m sure they will always get to their destinations. They should not rely on any charm in their daily duties,” Adetunji said.
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