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Report: 2,329 killed in 2,159 road accidents from Jan-June 2019

  • Published at 10:50 am July 5th, 2019
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The reports identified 10 major reasons behind the rise of road accidents in Bangladesh

At least 2,329 people, including 291 women and 381 children, were killed and 4,361 others injured in 2,159 road accidents across Bangladesh in the first half of 2019, says a new report.

The report says the road accidents took place on various highways, national, inter-district and regional roads between January 1 and June 30 across the country, reports UNB.

Shipping and Communication Reporters Forum (SCRF), a platform of journalists, prepared the report based on news carried by 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.

According to the report, 411 people, including 53 women and 71 children, lost lives and 725 others received injuries in 383 accidents in last January.

Some 401 accidents occurred in February when 415 people were killed, 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 injured in 384 road crashes.

Some 327 accidents occurred in April which claimed 340 lives and left 610 others injured. Among the deceased, 38 were women and 53 children.

In May, 338 people, including 47 women and 44 children, lost lives and 504 others received injuries in 297 accidents.

A total of 367 road crashes took place in June claiming the lives of439 people and leaving 818 others injured. Among the deceased, 49 were women and 69 children.

Reasons behind road accidents

Ashis Kumar Dey, president of the SCRF, said the forum identified 10 major reasons behind the rise of road accidents in the country.

The reasons are: reckless drivers racing, contractually leasing vehicles to drivers or conductors on a daily basis, employing drivers without any license, lack of awareness among pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motorcyclists, tendency to overload and overtake among drivers in violation of traffic rules.

Also, extensive 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, and carrying  passengers and goods in locally-made motorized vehicles.

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