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Stop blaming devil for road crashes -Trace boss

The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) has cautioned the motoring public not to associate road crashes during the ember months to evil manipulations but to always observe and apply all necessary traffic rules and regulations for their safety and that of other road users.
The Corps Commander and Chief Executive Officer, Cdr. Seni Ogunyemi, made this known through his Media Aide, Mrs. Olaide Ogundairo, during an ember months sensitization programme, organised by Obantoko Divisional Command at Asero Motor Park in Abeokuta.
The TRACE Boss who was represented by the Acting Director of Training, Cdr. Johnson Ale, admonished motorists and other road users to shun the illusion of linking road crashes that occur in the last four months of the year popularly called ‘’Ember months’’ to the devil, saying that individual has a role to play at ensuring safety of all on the road.
Ogunyemi admitted that high vehicular movement, religious and traditional festive activities among others were usually on the high during the months, urging commuters and motorists to be patience on the road during and after the season.
‘’To avoid unnecessary road crashes during Yuletide festival, you need to reduce speed, don’t over drive your sight, be alert and watchful since visibility is usually impeded during harmattan. Look with your eyes and see with your mind, avoid illegal overtaking and do not claim right of way, if all these precautionary measures highlighted above are strictly adhered to, accident free situation is achievable,’’ he said.
The Divisional Commander, Obatoko division, Cdr. Somuyiwa submitted that reckless driving, disregard for traffic rules and regulations and other farms of road vices among drivers also contributed to incessant killing of innocent people on the roads.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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