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NCPSRR: Road accidents kill 1,890 in 5 months

  • Published at 06:52 pm June 2nd, 2019
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The fatal accidents took place on various highways, national, inter-district and regional roads between January 1 and May 31 across the country

At least 1,890 people, including 242 women and 312 children, have been killed and 3,543 others injured in a total of 1,792 road accidents around Bangladesh in the first five months of this year.

The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, on Sunday revealed the information in its regular monthly survey and observation report, reports UNB.

The fatal accidents took place on various highways, national, inter-district and regional roads between January 1 and May 31 across the country.

The NCPSRR report was prepared on the basis of 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.

According to the report, 411 people lost lives and 725 others received injuries in 383 accidents in January.

Some 401 accidents occurred in February that killed 415 people and injured 884 others.

In March, 386 people died and 820 others injured in 384 road crashes; while in April, some 327 accidents killed 340 people and left 610 others injured.

Last month, 338 people lost lives and 504 others received injuries in 297 accidents.

NCPSRR General Secretary Ashis Kumar Dey said they identified 10 major reasons behind the rise in road accidents.

The reasons are: racing tendency among drivers and reckless driving; contractual leasing of vehicles to drivers or conductors on daily basis; employing drivers without licences; lack of awareness among pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motorcyclists; overloading and overtaking tendency of drivers violating traffic rules.

Besides, long-time driving without any interval; absence of enforcement 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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