Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said that death rate due to road crashes has increased though the number of accidents has reduced this year during Eid journeys.
He made the remark while briefing on current issues of the country before reporters at his secretariat office on Monday.Awami League (AL) general secretary claimed, “This year 60 to 66 people lost their lives in road accidents. The number of accidents is less than that of the previous year.”
Although, he confessed that the rate of mortality due to road accidents during Eid journeys is higher in comparison with the number of accidents this year.
Obaidul Quader blamed vehicles like human haulers and easy bikes for the increase of the number of road accidents.
“If a small car collides with a heavy one, it usually causes more casualties. For this reason, the number of mortality due to road crashes during Eid journeys is ‘a little bit higher’ this year,” he explained.
Although statistics denies the claim of the minister as a release, issued by National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) on Monday indicated that a total of 142 people were killed and 324 others injured in 95 road accidents across the country during Eid journeys over the last 11 days till Sunday.