BY Awodeha Karo
As part of activities marking this year’s United Nations Road Safety Week, with theme: ‘Street For Life’, the Federal Road Safety Commission, Ughelli Unit Command, has lunched a 30kmh speed limit campaign for road users in built up areas.
Speaking to newsmen in Ughelli, Delta States, the Head of Operation, Ughelli Unit Command, Mr. Sunday Udoeshiet ,Head of Operations disclosed that a global regulation was on the way to enforce the reduction of speed limit within streets from 50km to 30km.
According to him, “What we are doing now is that we are taking this responsibility in collaboration with United Nations, this is the 6th United Nations Global Road Safety week. The major focus for this year’s road safety week is ‘Street for Life’. Street for Life implies that while you are driving on the street you consider the safety of other road users.
“The United Nations General Assembly advocated a 30kmh speed limit for built up areas like where there is school, where there is market, where children use to play and others. We believe that if you are driving at 30kmh, you will be able to save life. Our street should be a place where people can use bicycle or do walking. If the speed is too much you cannot control it. We are here to sensitize the public to imbibe and love 30kmh in a built up area.
“By June, the United Nations General Assembly are going to meet with all World Health Organisation regions. They are passing a law to make it a law by the end of their Assembly that built up areas should be 30kmh. Before it was 50kmh but now they are making it to be 30kmh. If you are caught violating it you will be punished. It is going to be a law in all countries that signed the treaty with United Nations.”
Also speaking, the Staff Officers Operations, Mr. Chigozie Ugwu
underscored that the campaign was necessary to help in reducing crisis in the roads, just as he commended residents of Ughelli for their acceptance and corporations so far displayed towards the corp.
While pointing that the corp had never had any serious challenge that had been insurmountable between her and the communities, he noted that without the help and acceptance of the community, it would be very difficult for them to work effectively.
Also speaking, the Unit Coordinator, Special Marshall Unit 15, Beta Glass, Ughelli, Clement Enemordia, noted that ‘Speed 30KMH’ if adopted will go a very long way in reducing the number of crashes on the roads which according to him has been on the rise.
He called on Ughelli residents and environs to always be safety conscious when plying the roads, especially in areas without speed breakers, adding that vehicle are more prone to getting damaged during this rainy season.
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