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NCPSRR: Road accidents killed 4,284 people in 2017

Update : 02 Jan 2018, 12:11 AM
At least 4,284 people, including 516 women and 539 children, were killed and 9,112 others injured in 3,472 road accidents across Bangladesh in 2017. The fatal accidents took place on several highways and national, inter-district and regional roads across the country between January 1 and December 31. The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, on Monday revealed the information in its yearly survey and observation report. The report was prepared on the basis of news published in 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and agencies, said a press release. According to the report, the number of road accidents and casualties increased in 2017 compared to 2016. A total of 3,412 people, including 470 women and 453 children, died and 8,572 others injured in 2,998 road accidents in 2016. The report showed that the number of road accidents increased by 474 in 2017 compared to 2016 while the number of deaths rose by 872. As a result, the number of accidents increased by 15.82% and death toll by 25.56% in 2017 compared to that of 2016. However, the report showed that the number of road accidents came down in 2017 compared to 2015. The NCPSRR mentioned nine primary reasons behind the increased number of accidents and casualties. The reasons are reckless driving, plying of three wheeler-vehicles and motorbikes, carrying passengers and goods in locally-made mechanised vehicles, overloading and overtaking violating laws, not following traffic rules and regulation properly on long routes, long-time driving without break, huge risky turning points and dilapidated roads, non-enforcement of law to stop plying of unfit vehicles and and employing unskilled drivers. Ashis Kumar Dey, general secretary of NCPSRR, said lack of proper supervision and people's awareness were the major reasons behind the high number of road crashes.


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