The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that 61 persons lost their lives in 33 road traffic crashes in Borno between May and November 2022.
FRSC sector commander, Utten Iki-Boyi who disclosed this on Thursday in Maiduguri, said 151 people sustained injuries in the crashes, involving 285 persons and 46 vehicles.
Mr Iki-Boyi added that 37 people lost their lives in ghastly auto crashes on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road in November and attributed the cause to speeding, recklessness and expired tyres.
The FRSC commander warned motorists, especially commercial vehicle operators, to desist from using expired tyres and against overloading and use of illicit substances.
“This Ember month period is a period in which a lot of people are travelling, and a lot of vehicles are now moving on the roads because the rainy season has ended. Businesses have also picked up, resulting in a mass movement of people,” noted Mr Iki-Boyi.
The FRSC official added, “I appeal to motorists, particularly drivers of commercial and other vehicles using the roads, to always take it easy. They should always make sure that their vehicles are in good shape before embarking on any journey.”