EMBER MONTHS & SAFETY

Ember months are the months spanning September to December. These are also periods known for high vehicular movements across the country. In view of this, the number of road traffic crashes recorded are higher, which baffles everyone. A driver should always take time to prepare his vehicle for the “Ember Period”. 
Also, most organizations use this period to wrap up yearly activities and so a good number of official trips are involved. Moreover, it is as a result of pear pressure, ability to show off achievement without minding the out come. We pray every citizen should apply sense of safety at all times.
Drivers are in a hurry to make as many trips as possible, so that they can make back the money they spent on petrol. Since, end-of-the-year months often come with high fuel prices. That is why, road safety education is needed most at this period. Most times they do this as form of competition at the expense of lives because of ignorance.
GreenLight Initiative with support from the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria in a TWEET CHAT with the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria discussed road safety. It was a channel to ask questions bordering the activities of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). 

What do you think of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) should do for their service to be appreciated more? 

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GreenLight Initiative:
How do we reduce intensive road crash during the Ember month?
FRSC, Nigeria:
It starts in our mind which resonates to our actions. The Corps Public Education Office of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has also intensified efforts on the enlightenment programmes for both commercial and private vehicle owners. The Corps also collaborates with Stakeholders and Sister Agencies. Notable is the 11th Edition of the “Don`t Drink & Drive” campaign which kicked off in Lagos & other parts of the country. 
Always wear your seat belt. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your risk of dying in a crash by about half or more. Also, make sure young passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats. 
In many parts of the world, the temperature gets colder, the nights darker and the roads icy, slippery, wet or snow covered. In these situations, only drive when absolutely necessary and if you must, be extra careful. However, self ego can be a major factor that leads to easy road traffic crash. 
GreenLight Initiative:
Do we allow celebrative sentiment to becloud our driving skills?
FRSC, Nigeria:
We don’t have to. In this period and any other time, drivers in particular, should always ensure that pride is kept at home before using the road. 
GreenLight Initiative:
What are the essential tools we need in our vehicles while driving? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
A driver is required to have a good number of tools in his/her vehicle(s) should emergency occur. Ranging from Spanners, Pliers, Screw drivers, Jumper Cables, Fire Extinguisher, Wheel Spanner, Tyre Jack, etc. Tools, such as hammer, razor, ropes, axe, etc. all have their roles to play during an emergency. They are also necessary & not compulsory. The razor blade should be used when needed. Mostly when there is a fatal crash and people are trapped, it could be used to cut the seatbelt in order to free the trapped crash victim. And should be kept in a visible place around the vehicle. 
These are very essential items to have. But most half baked drivers may likely tell you its not necessary. What’s next? Do demons also use the roads? Most drivers bring in juju sentiment when most crash occur. Some say it is an uncle who may be responsible for a crash. Does JUJU-JAZZ cause road traffic crash. If it does, then no driver/passenger is safe regardless of how careful he/she might be while in the vehicle.
GreenLight Initiative:
How do one avoid distracted driving particularly this season?
FRSC, Nigeria:
To avoid distracted driving, a driver must ensure that the only thing he/she is doing while driving is driving. Driving requires full concentration & maximum attention for a driver to be alert, so as to also make good decisions.

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GreenLight Initiative:
Is it necessary to compromise with traffic agencies at expenses of our live and other for the interest of fun? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
Let safety be our new culture on the road. We all have a why to live for. 
GreenLight Initiative:
Do we need a reduction in speed while driving considering the level of infrastructure on our roads?
FRSC, Nigeria:
Definitely, speed reduction is very essential considering the conditions of the road. It is only an insane person who will want to use petrol as soft drink. 
GreenLight Initiative:
Do we allow under aged driving even when there is an emergency without the visibility of traffic agents or licensed drivers? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
Most teenagers have a sense that they can get away with traffic VIOLATIONS, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) frowns at such & advise parents to play their role towards safety by discouraging underage driving in their homes. Emergency driving demands extra care & concentration regardless of situation. 

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GreenLight Initiative:
Is it undermining when a traffic offender is mentally evaluated? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
Having a mental illness does not always mean you cannot drive safely. But some drivers need to take extra care. The assessment is designed to evaluate an individual’s cognitive and/or physical limitation related to safely operating a motor vehicle. 
GreenLight Initiative:
Should pregnant women use seat belt? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
Yes, all passengers have a chance of surviving a crash while wearing the seat belt and also there are no laws barring pregnant women from getting behind the wheel. Moreover, seat belt is considered as a tool for safety.
GreenLight Initiative:
At what stage should a pregnant woman stop driving? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
Legally, you can drive at any stage of pregnancy. However, it is safer not to drive at all or have someone else drive you at stages when you are no longer comfortable while driving, for example, during the later part of the 3rd trimester.
GreenLight Initiative:
How many meters space should be given to another vehicle in front of you while driving? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
While in motion, it is a difficult task to measure the actual distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. So it is safe to say that a driver should keep a safe distance that allows him/her to see the two rear tyres of the vehicle ahead: AVOID TAILGATING. If this rules and regulations is nurtured into our culture of driving, it will be easier for Nigerians home and abroad to have safety driving system and also helps in passing driving abroad.

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GreenLight Initiative:
What is defensive driving?
FRSC, Nigeria:
Is the standard safe practices for motor vehicle operations. Defensive driving skills, basically refers to driving to save lives, time, and money; inspite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. Every driver thinks he/she is a defensive driver. However, your knowledge, skill and attitude towards safe practices while driving is what makes you one. 
GreenLight Initiative:
During a road traffic crash, is it important to use camera to video or rescue?
FRSC, Nigeria:
Rescuing victims at a crash scene is very important as lives are at risk. The earlier injured victims receive attention, the greater the chance of survival. We encourage the public to always assist and play a safety role when road traffic crashes occur. Focus is needed only to do rescue, though, using camera could be seen as important considering the fact that the person conducting the rescue is not involved. 

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GreenLight Initiative:
What is about the United Nations’ World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR)? 
FRSC, Nigeria:
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – set aside globally to remember and reflect over loved ones and family who lost their lives in road traffic crash. it is not to remind people of the pain, but to advocate for safety and avoid re-occurrences of such.
Conclusively, it has come to the point when the Federal Government of Nigeria should declare State of Emergency on road traffic crashes, educate and train the citizens the art of First Aids for traffic victims. We need nationwide training on first aids. Also, the Ministry of Transportation, Federal Government of Nigeria and the Federal Road Safety Corps of Nigeria should constantly engage non-governmental organizations like Green Light Initiative and support them fully, to meet up with the world target on zero traffic victims
Tweet #Drive2liveThanks to the Federal Road Safety Corps of Nigeria for this public education and many thanks to the GreenLight Initiative and the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria for their commitment to saving lives and enhancing the safety of the Nigerian road users.

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