At least 7,397 people were killed and 16,193 injured in 4,979 road accidents in 2017, revealed a report published on Saturday.
Out of total number of people injured, 1,722 were maimed for life, says the report compiled by Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh.
Compared with 2016’s statistics, road accidents increased by 15.5 per cent, death increased by 22.2 per cent and number of injuries have increased by about 2 per cent last year.
PWAB launched the report at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, said a press release issued by the association, which also compiled the report by monitoring different national, regional dailies and online news portals of the country in 2017.
Among the casualties, 1,692 died in six divisional hospitals during treatment.
The report said last year 42.5 per cent accidents involved pedestrians, 25.7 per cent were due to collision, 11.9 per cent had occurred after vehicles fell into roadside ditches and 2.8 per cent involved deaths by tangling scarves in wheels.
A total of 1,635 trucks and covered vans, 1,475 motorcycles, 1,249 buses, 1,074 auto rickshaws, 824 shallow engine driven Nasimon and Karimon, 322 battery run rickshaws, 276 human haulers and 262 cars, jeeps and microbuses were involved in these accidents. In the month of May, the highest number of people, 539 were killed, in road accidents.
Reckless driving, overtaking, engineering faults on roads, movement of unfit vehicles, disobedience of traffic rules by road users, using head phones and mobile phones during driving were identified as major reasons behind road accidents.
The discussants urged people to follow traffic rules and the government to arrange training for drivers, vehicle inspection centres for checking vehicles’ fitness and enact a passenger friendly road act.
The press briefing was attended, among others, by former caretaker government adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman, Family United Against Road Accidents chairman Ekram Ahmed, BUET’s Accident Research Institute assistant professor Kazi Md Shifun Newaz and PWAB secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury.
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