By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Ghastly motor accidents have killed 81 people in Lagos State in the last one year, State Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson disclosed on Tuesday.
Speaking at a ministerial press briefing, Lawanson disclosed that 827 road traffic crashes involving 2,372 vehicles, were recorded in Lagos in the last one year.
“This comprised 163 motorcycles, 101 tricycles, 1,686 cars, 853 buses, 196 jeeps, 476 trucks, 256 trailers, 85 containerized trailers and 82 tankers. These were recorded leading to 1,250 casualties.
“Consequent upon the crashes, 54 male adults, 21 female adults, 1 male child and 5 female children lost their lives in the crash during the period under review. 686 male adults, 416 female adults, 44 male children and 29 female children received various degrees of injuries in the crashes,” he disclosed.
The commissioner said further analysis showed that 61 of the crashes were fatal, 484 serious and 1,827 minor, adding that analysis of the vehicle ownership revealed that 1,864 private; 2,024 commercials and 11 government vehicles were involved in the accidents.
Lawanson said human, mechanical and environmental factors accounted for total number of 1,181; 754 and 437 crashes respectively.
According to the commissioner, 7,419 vehicles made up of 2, 721 private and 4, 698 commercial vehicles were impounded, just as 399 private and 499 commercial, making a total of 898 vehicles were towed, while 2,323 private, 4,198 commercial vehicles were driven to into its removal yards.
“During period under review, the Legal department handled 121 cases in several courts both at the State and Federal levels. Of these, 38 cases were referred to the High Courts/Court of Appeal out of which judgment was delivered in favour of LASTMA in five (5) cases.
“Thirty-three cases were handled by Magistrate courts, these include assault cases, only four cases were concluded with prescribed fine paid and vehicles released accordingly. The Provost Unit also treated 141 complaints/petitions. 19 of the cases were waived after successful investigation, 26 were considered for review and as such their tickets were re-issued while 96 cases were rejected after proper investigation,” he said.
Source: PM News