Following the free eye test for drivers in Enugu, The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in collaboration with the Nigeria Optometrists Association (NOA) has also conducted eye screening for 200 drivers with the Imo Timber and Allied Drivers Association (ITADA).
The Imo command of the corps also held a mega rally and enlightenment programme for the drivers in Owerri.
Addressing people at the event, the Sector Commander, FRSC Imo command, Joseph Aremu, made it known that the free eye screening and the mega rally were part of activities to mark the end of Eid-el-Kabir patrol.
Aremu said that the screening provided the drivers the opportunity to know their eye status and to commence treatment immediately.
He added that poor sight was among major factors responsible for road traffic crashes, adding that the command was determined to ensure road safety.
Meanwhile, NOA Secretary in Imo and head of the team of optometrists, Dr. Patrick Iwuchukwu, said that a driver with bad vision would be constrained and unable to take quick decision in an emergency.
Iwuchukwu told Newsmen that at the end of the exercise, some of the drivers diagnosed with poor sight would be referred for comprehensive examination, while glasses may be recommended to others, if necessary.
In a remark, the Chairman of the drivers association, Greg Udokwu, commended FRSC for the medical outreach and promised that the drivers would endeavour to maintain traffic rules.
He said that poor road network, double taxation by government agencies and molestation were part of their challenges on the roads.
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