20 children killed in road accidents across Nigeria in 10 days

20 children killed in road accidents across Nigeria in 10 days
# 31 December 2013 03:54 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Nigeria's Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Monday said 20 children died in various road accidents between Dec. 19 and Dec. 28 across the west African country, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A statement issued by the commission in Abuja, the nation's capital, said 75 others sustained injuries from the crashes, adding that 144 children of the 239 children involved in road accidents during the period were rescued unhurt.

The road commission said 107 died on Dec. 24 and 1,398 persons were in 214 road accidents between Dec. 19 and Dec. 23.

The statement added that the figures represented a reduction in the number of deaths and injured when compared to 156 deaths and 1, 882 injured persons in 236 accidents in the corresponding period of 2012.

The FRSC advised parents and drivers to ensure that children were appropriately restrained in vehicles during travels.

The commission added that those under 12 years should be restrained in the rear seats in line with the provisions of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012.

The statement said statistics indicate that seat belt usage reduces the risk of fatality among front seat passengers by 40 percent to 50 percent.

The FRSC added that the use of the belt could also reduce risk of fatality for rear seat passengers by between 25 percent and 75 percent.

According to the commission, child restraints reduce deaths among infants by approximately 70 percent and deaths among small children by between 54 percent and 80 percent.

Deadly road accidents are common in Nigeria due to reckless driving, bad road conditions and lack of security checks on the road.