29,315 killed, 69,428 injured in road crashes in 4 yrs: report

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:25, Oct 21,2019 | Updated: 00:08, Oct 22,2019


At least 29,315 people were killed and 69,428 injured in 21,386 road accidents in the last four years, shows a report compiled by the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh.

In a statement, issued on Monday, the association leaders urged the authorities to make people aware by observing the National Road Safety Day 2019.

The compilation report prepared on the basis of reports in different national, regional dailies and online news portals of the country between 2015 and 2018.

The report showed that year 2015 saw highest number of fatalities and injured in highest number of accidents. Some 8,642 people were killed and 21,855 were injured in 6,581 road accidents on that year.

The year 2016 showed the lowest tally — 6,055 were killed and 15,914 were injured in 4,312 accidents.

In 2017, the report said, 7,397 were killed and 16,193 were injured in 4,979 accidents while in 2018, some 7,221 were killed and 15,466 were injured in 5,514 accidents.

A total of 31,094 vehicles were involved in these accidents out of which highest 21.33 per cent involved buses followed by 21.18 per cent by trucks and covered vans, 18.33 per cent by motorcycles, 14.25 per cent by auto-rickshaws, 9.18 per cent by battery-run rickshaws, 8.83 per cent by Nasimon, Karimon and tractors and 6.87 per cent by cars, jeeps and microbuses.

The association observed that the speed of vehicles increased on roads and highways which resulted in reckless driving, overtaking and finally fatal accidents.

The number of small vehicles was also increasing the accidents and traffic congestion, it said. 

In the statement Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said that the authorities should have more plans to make people aware.

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