A total of 2,123 people were killed and 5,558 others injured in as many as 1,871 road accidents in Bangladesh in just the first four months of the year.
Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, presented the statistics on Monday through a press release.
The report is a compilation of reports from local, regional, and online newspapers and television channels.
A total of 206 people who sustained injuries in separate road crashes during the period succumbed to their injuries in different hospitals.
A total of 1,979 people were killed and 4,727 others injured in 1,765 road accidents across Bangladesh in the first four months of 2017, the report said. This amounts to a 1.06% increase in the number of road accidents, a 1.44% increase in the number of deceased, and an 8.31% increase in the number of injured.
Identifying road accidents as a national problem, the association recommended that steps be taken to reduce the number of casualties on an emergency basis.
It also suggested that transport owners, workers, passengers and the government take a coordinated initiative to stop the plying of unfit vehicles on roads.
The platform also urged the government to refrain from giving vehicles to drivers on a daily lease basis.