Concerned about increasing incidence of road accidents and carnage on our highways, Cornerstone Insurance plc in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) has commenced programmes that would enlighten road users on traffic laws and safety measures.
This has become necessary in view of record death and disruption of traffic across major roads, which experts say is largely as a result of human error and attitude.
According to the FRSC, 48 percent of world registered vehicle population is still responsible for about 90 percent of 1.2 million deaths recorded annually in road traffic crashes, and larger number of the population is from developing countries.
Tokunbo Bello, managing director, Life & Retail, Cornerstone Insurance plc said the underwriting firm, now 21 years in business, with 14 branches and sales outlets spread across the country, has become a leading light in insurance sector, and through this has impacted on the larger society.
Bello, who spoke at a joint rally organised by Cornerstone Insurance and the FRSC at Ojota New Park, said the partnership with FRSC on “Road Safety Campaign Rally” is in line with Cornerstone’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to collaborate with well meaning organization and groups to bring enduring benefits to the people.
“This year Cornerstone Insurance has been appointed as the official insurer partner “Decade of Action Project, by FRSC Lagos command out of recognition for our consistent social contributions to the society,” Bello said.
The Cornerstone boss said the starting point is the education and reorientation of motorist and road-users alike by promoting a positive behavioral shift and ultimately making roads safer for all.
A.A. Irelewuyi, who represented the Lagos Sector Commander, FRSC advised road users to make positive difference in the aspect of safety on roads by not allowing their safety to be in the hands of other road users.
“This is one cardinal principles of defensive driving, as road crashes do not just occur but are caused by our errors and outright abuses.”
Irelewuyi noted that nine out of the road traffic crashes are caused by human factor, and as result positive attitudinal changes, correct knowledge of traffic rules and regulations, as well as placing value on human life can go a long way to make our roads safer.
“Our intervention to create a safer motoring environment can start from determining within us to reduce the suicidal speed and maintain common sense speed limit; not take drugs or alcohol before embarking on that journey; obey all traffic rules and regulations; pay more attention to our health and general well being as well as properly main our vehicles.”