Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lagos Taxi Drivers: 80 Percent Hypertensive- FRSC

PASSENGERS travelling through the Ojota Motor Park in Lagos State may have cause to fret, if the results of the test conducted by men of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), on drivers at the park is anything to go by, as 80 per cent of the 54 drivers that went through the commission’s blood pressure and sugar level tests were found to be hypertensive.

Disclosing this at a sensitisation programme, tagged: “Beyond the road,” at the Ojota Motor Park, the Ojota unit commander, Assistant Corp Commander Leye Adegboyega, advised the drivers to do away with habits which could cause them to become ill.

While attributing causes of high blood pressure and sugar level to high intake of cholesterol and unnecessary thinking, he, however, stressed that any driver diagnosed with high blood presssure was not eligible to drive until after proper medical attention.

He expressed the unit’s commitment towards its goal of reducing road traffic crashes within its jurisdiction, while advising the drivers on the need to avoid driving beyond the approved speed limit.

The unit commander further intimated the drivers on the introduction of passengers watch, put in place by the unit to check the excesses of drivers along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, adding that any reckless driver would be booked appropriately.

He stated that the sensitisation exercise was designed to instil discipline into drivers in the ember months, while assuring the public that his command would still embark on the weekly campaign in major parks within the unit.

In his response, representative of the Ojota Park Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ojota New Garage, Mr Folorunso Ogundeji, restated the park’s commitment to always ensure members adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations.

According to him, some of the safety measures put in place by the members of the union’s executives was to place a ban on the sales of alcoholic drinks at the park.

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