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Easter holidays: Agency begins “operation safe and responsible driving” in Ogun

The Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) in Ogun on Thursday in Abeokuta said it has begun what it tagged “Operation Safe and Responsible Driving” for the Easter holidays.

The TRACE Commander and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Seni Ogunyemi, disclosed this in a statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi.

He said this was to ensure the safety of travelers before, during, and after the Easter festivities.

Ogunyemi assured that the agency would ensure total compliance with and obedience to all road signs, rules, and regulations.

“TRACE has deployed its operational capacity from all 65 commands to guarantee safety on 18 major traffic corridors across the state before, during, and after the festivities.

“The exercise tagged ‘Safe and responsible driving is a must’ is in line with our operational guidelines for the Easter Special Patrol Schedule throughout the state.

“The operation began on Tuesday and will end on April 5,” he said.

The TRACE Commander explained that the operation involved the full deployment of resources to man strategic beats and checkpoints to minimise the excesses of recalcitrant motorists.

“We are aware that the Easter celebration will generate a heavy flow of human and vehicular movement, which may bring about the attendant traffic build-up, breakdown of ill-maintained vehicles, obstruction, and road traffic crashes.”

Ogunyemi, however, urged motorists to avoid unnecessary speed, night travel, overloading, the use of worn-out tires, and driving in a direction prohibited by law.

He also directed the agency’s commanding officers to ensure that TRACE operatives were “presentable, civil, professional, fair, and firm where and when it was needed and necessary.”.

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The TRACE Commander also implored all road users to observe strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

”This is because any vehicle caught contravening any of the traffic rules and regulations during the celebration will not be released until later in April, when TRACE will have ended its Easter Operation Order,” he warned.

Ogunyemi, however, appealed for feedback calls from members of the public, in case of emergency situations, through the following numbers: 08062703568, 08034919165, and 07034919165.(NAN)

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