Wole Olaniran, the zonal commander of the agency said the crashes happened between January and November as against 973 recorded in 2011. Zone RS5 comprises Edo, Delta and Anambra States.
Olaniran who gave the statistics in an interview with newsmen in Benin, Edo State capital, added that 487 deaths, 2,635 cases of injuries were recorded in 2011 with 1,478 vehicles involved while in 2012, a total of 526 deaths, 3,120 injuries were recorded with 2,040 vehicles involved.
The FRSC explained that Edo State had the highest number of deaths and fatalities within the period under review due to its position as a transit state to all other states in the six geo-political zones of the country.
He posited that Edo recorded 510 road crashes in 2011, with 289 deaths while 1,219 vehicles were involved in the accidents. He further stated that the state under the same period in 2012 witnessed 433 crashes, 186 deaths with 1,254 injured persons while 797 vehicles were involved in the accidents.
The FRSC boss however identified the Ore-Benin road especially at the Ovia River, near Benin near the tollgate unit of the FRSC, as one of the worst flash points which recorded 114 road crashes of the 510 cases in 2012 in the zone.
According to him, the unit also recorded 60 deaths, 395 injured cases while 205 vehicles were involved in the crashes.
He however attributed overloading, overspending, burst tires, dangerous driving and loss of control arising from fatigue as some of the causes of high rate of accidents in the zone.
Olaniran, further disclosed that a total of 47,823 traffic offenders were apprehended within the same period under review out of the over 53,580 traffic offences recorded while 1,527 of the offenders were arraigned and prosecuted before the court.
He however pointed out that efforts have been put in place to consolidate on the gains of the year under review.
“We will consolidate on the gains of 2012 in 2013. The FRSC has come up with what we call FRSC cooperate goals which all commands must leverage on in their respective command.
“One is our planned 30 percent reduction of road traffic crashes and fatality index, empowering the commands to perform better and the improvement of staff welfare. Others include planned improvement of our internal communication processes, data collection and analysis all geared toward improving service delivery to all road users in this 2013,’’ he stated.