As part of the plans to check drink-driving in the state, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has launched an exercise to check these incidents and its resultant fatalities especially during end of year festivities.
Speaking on the development, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs Kofoworola Awobamise, who flagged off the campaign, said the event was coming at a crucial time of the year.
“For me, this is a welcome advocacy, especially at this time of the ember months usually associated with accidents,” she said.
Awobamise continued that: “Accidents do not come as a result of the name of the months, but as a result of careless driving. A lot of the careless driving we get is as a result of drink-driving.
“Basically, what we’re saying is that you should not drink while driving and if you must drink, don’t drive. It’s a message to all Lagosians.
“You do not have to drink and drive if we are to take accidents off our roads. It is a very good initiative and we must say kudos, first to the governor, to have allowed this to happen at the Traffic Radio.”
In his remarks, the General Manager, Traffic Radio, Mr Layinka Adagun, said the campaign was to complement what other sister radio stations were doing as regards forestalling accidents on Lagos roads.
According to him, drink driving is being emphasised because it has always been the main cause of accidents at this time of the year.
“We are trying to help the society demystify the ember months by saying ‘don’t drink and drive’. When you don’t drink and drive, you will find that there will be less accidents in the ember months,” he said.
Adagun said that the event was focused particularly on motor parks, as the drivers were most vulnerable to road accidents. “We are picking motor parks across the zones of Lagos,” he said.
According to the organizers, the campaign will engage motorists at Berger Motor park, Iyana – Ipaja, Iyana – Iba, Ojota, Ketu, Epe, among several other areas.