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Road fatalities fall by 50 pc in 10 months: Survey

04 Nov,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle, Special Report:

Casualties and injuries in road accidents have marked a fall by 50 percent and 35 percent respectively in the country over the last 10 months compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The number of road accidents during the period has also decreased by 36 percent, according to a survey and observation report of the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-governmental organisation.

The report was prepared on the basis of media reports published in 20 national dailies, eight online news portals and news services and 10 regional newspapers.

As per the report, at least 2,862 people were killed and 7,646 others injured in 2,545 road accidents from January 1 to October 31.

Of them, some 188 people, including 26 women and 19 children, were killed and 495 others injured in 167 road accidents in October alone.

On the other hand, the country witnessed at least 3,927 road accidents during the January-October period of the previous year, killing at least 5,733 people and injuring 11,624 others.

NCPSRR general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey said they identified five reasons for the positive change in the road accident scenario.

These include growing public awareness by publishing reports on road transportation in the media round the year, arranging different programmes against road accidents by different social organisations, road transport and bridges minister's active presence on roads, increased responsibility of policemen and mobile courts against faulty vehicles and fake driving licences and identifying different risky turning points and establishing cautionary signs there and road repair.

The NCPSRR in its survey report also identified seven vital reasons -- reckless driving, employing unskilled drivers without having any licence, overloading and overtaking tendency of drivers violating laws, longtime driving without any interval, not following traffic rules and regulation, lack of implementation of law to stop plying unfit vehicles, and risky turning and dilapidated roads -- for the accidents.

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