The NGO identifies 10 major reasons for the spike in the number of road accidents
At least 1,212 people, including 157 women and 215 children, were killed and 2,429 others injured in road accidents across the country in the first three months of this year.
A total of 1,168 fatal accidents took place on various highways, national, inter-district and regional roads between January 1 and March 31.
The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, on Tuesday revealed the information in its regular monthly survey and observation report.
The report was prepared on the basis of 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and agencies.
According to the report, 411 people, including 53 women and 71 children, were killed and 725 others received injuries in 383 accidents in January.
Some 401 accidents occurred in February where 415 people died while 884 others injured. Among the deceased, 58 were women and 62 children.
In March, 386 people, including 46 women and 82 children, were killed and 820 others were injured in 384 road crashes.
NCPSRR General Secretary Ashis Kumar Dey said they identified 10 major reasons for increasing road accidents.
- Racing tendency among drivers and reckless driving
- Contractual leasing of vehicles to drivers or conductors on daily basis
- Employing drivers without having any licence
- Lack of awareness of pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motorcyclists
- Overloading and overtaking tendency of drivers violating traffic rules
- Long-time driving without any interval
- Lack of implementation of law to stop plying of unfit vehicles
- Violation of traffic rules on long routes
- Increase in motorcycles and three-wheelers on roads and highways
- Carrying passengers and goods in locally-made motorised vehicles
In 2018, despite the nationwide road safety movement, the country had seen 4,317 road accidents that killed at least 4,580 people, including 591 women and 679 children, and injured 10,828, according to NCPSRR.
In 2017, 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 2016, there were 2,998 road accidents resulting in 3,412 deaths — including 470 women and 453 children — and 8,572 injured individuals.