133 killed, 717 injured in Ogun auto crashes in 2016

Accident in Ogun State

131 people lost their lives and 717 others sustained various degrees of injuries, in auto crashes in Ogun state last year.

The casualty is lower than 206 deaths and 839 injured recorded earlier in 2015.

The figure is contained in a data provided by the director of planning, research and statistics of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Commander Ajayi Michael.

The 2016 deaths and injuries occurred in 574 road traffic crashes, involving 3,198 people out of which 2,350 were rescued unhurt.

The crashes, according to the corps, involved 99 private cars, 71 private buses, 103 commercial buses, 118 commercial cars, 42 motorcycles, 19 tricycles, 81 pick-ups, 85 medium trucks, 135 heavy trucks and 62 other vehicles.

TRACE further explained that  47.21% of the crashes were caused by over-speeding by motorists,  17.6% by dangerous driving, 10.27% by bad tyres, 7.66%  by driving against traffic and 17.25% by other causes.

In the process, TRACE says its officers impounded 3,297 motor vehicles and 1,684 motorcycles for 6,981 offences during the period under review.

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