The Nigerian Red Cross Society and Federal Road Safety Corps have agreed to jointly patrol highways for accident prevention and management, this festive season.

The two entered the tie yesterday at the request of the FRSC, which says it is worried that traffic offences might increase during the festive celebrations, raising the risk of road accidents.

The FRSC believes partnering with Red Cross and other civil organizations would save lives before and after accidents for improved socioeconomic growth.

"Most of those dying through accidents and lack of prompt medical care are people who are supposed to contribute to the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria," the Jos zonal Acting Corps Commander of FRSC, Mr. Imoh Etuk said during a courtesy call at the Jos headquarters of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Plateau State Branch.

The FRSC boss said end of year patrols by the agency will begin from December 15, 2018 terminating on January 15, 2019 along all Federal highways to prevent emergencies and provide life saving first aid in case of any.

"This is where we will need to work together, because FRSC cannot do it alone," Mr. Etuk told the Red Cross officials in the State.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Plateau State Branch, Chief John Mankilik assured of the organization's partnership not only in end of year patrols but also sensitization and first aid provision during recruitment exercises.

He however called the FRSC to insist on motorists attending approved driving training schools before securing drivers licenses to reduce traffic offences.