As the Yuletide approaches, the Lagos State Government has appealed to residents to celebrate the season in moderation and avoid drunk driving. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, made the appeal today at the flag-off of the “Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign of the Lagos Traffic Radio 96.1 FM, in Ikeja.
Bamigbetan expressed worries at the rate at which some Nigerians had come to see the Yuletide as a season to get carried away and engage in excessive alcoholic intake. According to him, when compared with other regions of the world in terms of alcohol usage; Nigeria occupies a very prominent space in the consumption of alcohol all over the world.
Bamigbetan said the rate at which bars spring up in all corners of the state with viewing centres showed that the statistics are true.
He appealed to residents not to engage in activities that have negative impact on others, noting that driving when drunk is a challenge to the next person.
On his part, the Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Hygenius Omeje, said the synergy between Federal and state agencies had gone a long way to helping tackle challenges on the roads. He said that though, the number of deaths resulting from road crashes had reduced, the commission had yet to get to its target of zero deaths at the point of crashes.