About 25,000 regular and special marshals of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, will be on special patrol during the forthcoming Sallah celebration nationwide.
Bisi Kazeem, the corps’ Public Relation Office said in Abuja that 864 cars, 106 ambulances, 22 tow trucks and 266 motorcycles would also be deployed for the exercise.
Kazeem said the aim is to ensure effective management of expected upsurge in human and vehicle traffic to minimise road accidents during the period.
The exercise would hold from June 22 to June 28.
“We want to emphasise traffic control, calm during traffic to ensure that the motoring public reach their destinations without any delay.
“We have about 200 mobile courts already set up to try erring offenders, and we are emphasising that drivers should not use their phones while driving.
“We are also emphasising the use of the speed limiting device as it relates to commercial vehicle operators.
“Our focus is also going to be on overloading, lane indiscipline and obstruction on the road.
“We are looking at critical routes such as the Abuja-Lokoja highway; Lagos-Ibadan expressway; Benin-Asaba-Ore road; and some other critical areas to ensure that we record zero crash during the Sallah period.”
He said FRSC rescue teams would operate skeletally in the evenings for security reasons, since FRSC officials were not armed.
He, however, explained that the operation would last up to 10 o’clock in the evening in places such as Lagos.