The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has launched an emergency ambulance service scheme in and around capital city Abuja to rescue road crash victims.

The service is aimed at bringing down the number of deaths in road crashes in the area. The FRSC has set a target to reduce the figure to 50% by 2015.

The scheme will provide rescue services within 15 minutes of occurrence of a crash in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of the country.

Post-accident victims will get immediate care through the skilled medical help at the accident site, medical emergency or on way to the hospital.

The FRSC has stationed four ambulances in different key positions within the city with adequate paramedics for 24 hour operations.

FRSC Officials said the inability of drivers to follow the traffic safety regulations such as speed limits has necessitated the introduction of the scheme.

Of all the road accidents, nearly 75% are caused by motorists not adhering to the traffic rules, officials said.