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1,552 killed in road accidents in 4 months

  • Published at 01:58 pm May 11th, 2019
Bogra Road Accident
File photo: A Dhaka-bound bus of Ena Paribahan collided head-on with a Bogra-bound bus of Chandni Classic on the highway near Mohipur area around 12am on Sunday Dhaka Tribune

NCPSRR have identified 10 major reasons for increase in road accidents across the country

At least 1,552 people, including 195 women and 268 children, have been killed in road accidents across the country, between January and April of 2019.

As many as 1,495 accidents on various highways, national, inter-district, and regional roads left 3,039 others injured.

These numbers were presented by the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads, and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organization, on Saturday.

NCPSRR prepared the report based on information from 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers, eight online news portals, and news agencies, reports UNB.

According to the report, a total of 411 people, including 53 women and 71 children, lost their lives, and 725 others were injured in 383 accidents in January alone.

Some 401 accidents occurred in February, in which 415 people were killed, and 884 more injured.  Of which 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.

Some 327 accidents occurred in April, killing 340 people, and injuring 610 others. Among the deceased, 38 were women and 53 children.

Addressing the issue, NCPSRR General Secretary Ashis Kumar Dey said they have identified 10 major reasons for the increase in road accidents.

The major reasons for increase in the number of road accidents in Bangladesh include: Racing tendency among drivers, and reckless driving; Contractual leasing of vehicles on daily basis; Employing drivers without licenses; Lack of awareness amongst pedestrians, and small vehicle drivers (especially motorcyclists); Overloading; and overtaking tendency of drivers violating traffic rules.

"Besides, driving without a proper braking system, plying of unfit vehicles, violation of traffic rules on long routes, increase of motorcycles, and three-wheelers on roads and highways, and carrying passengers and goods in locally-made motorized vehicles also contribute to accidents," the NCPSRR general secretary add

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