The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, has said no fewer than 192 persons died while 929 sustained injuries in various accidents recorded in 2023 in the state.
The spokesperson for TRACE, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, made this disclosure while briefing newsmen in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Akinbiyi explained that from the deaths recorded, 146 were male while 46 were female from the 630 accident cases recorded in the year.
He noted that the figures were from areas covered by TRACE and the police joint rescue effort and services.
According to him, 643 males were injured while 286 females also got injured in various crashes across the state during the year.
He further stated that the accident cases involved “361 cars, 114 buses, 446 articulated vehicles, 58 motorcycles, nine tricycles and 34 pedestrians in 2023”.
Comparing the year 2022 and 2023 in the state, he said road traffic deaths increased by 9.09 per cent in 2023 while the number of persons injured decreased by 12.44 per cent, adding that the total number of crashes reduced to 7.76 per cent.
Akinbiyi explained that the most common cause of road traffic crashes in the state was speeding which could be attributed to 32 per cent of such crashes.
He suggested the creation of TRACE Corps rescue patrol teams along the state corridors, establishment of State Emergency Rescue Service Centres and constant clearing of obstructions on the roads, to reduce accidents.