Road accidents kill 1,212 people in 3 months
At least 1,212 people, including 157 women and 215 children, were killed and 2,429 others were injured in 1,168 road accidents in first quarter of this year.
The fatal accidents took place on the several highways and national, inter-district and regional roads between January 1 and March 31 across the country.
The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organization, 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 news agencies, said a NCPSRR press release.
According to the report, 411 people, including 53 women and 71 children, lost lives and 725 others received injuries in 383 mishaps in January.
401 accidents occurred in February where 415 people and 884 others were killed and injured respectively. Among the deceased 58 women and 62 children were in the list.
In March, 386 people, including 46 women and 82 children, embraced death and 820 others were injured in 384 road crashes.
Ashis Kumar Dey, general secretary of the National Committee said that they had identified 10 vital reasons for increasing road accidents during the observation.
These are: Competitive attitude in a number of drivers and reckless driving, contractual leasing of vehicles to drivers or conductors on daily basis, employing unskilled drivers without having any legal license, lack of awareness of pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motor cycle, overloading and overtaking tendency of the drivers violating laws, long-time driving without any interval, lack of implementation of law to stop plying unfit vehicles, not following traffic rules and regulation on the long route, including dense populated area, increase of motor cycle and three-wheelers on roads and highways, and finally, carrying passengers and goods in locally made mechanized vehicles.
Edited by Saleem Samad