Despite the closure of public transport for 85 days to curb coronavirus infection, at least 7,809 people were killed and 9,039 injured in 5,629 road accidents in 2021.
The fatality rate is 30 per cent higher than the previous year.
Briefing media secretary general of the organisation Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury said, “Apart from death of 7,809 people and injury of 9,039 people in 5,629 road crashes, some 396 people were killed and 134 injured in 402 accidents on the railways. Besides, at least 311 people were killed, 578 got injured and 544 people went missing in 182 waterway accidents in the country.”
A total of 8,516 people were killed and 9,751 got injured in 6213 accidents on roads, railways and waterways, he said.
He said the report was prepared by monitoring the news of road accidents published in national, regional and online newspapers of the country.
“It was found that 2350 drivers, 1715 pedestrians, 1017 transport workers, 430 students, 111 teachers, 237 law enforcement personnel, 1076 women, 638 children, 42 journalists, 27 doctors, 14 lawyers and 18 engineers, 161 leaders and activists of different political parties and 10 freedom fighters became the victims of these accidents,” he said.
Reckless speed, risky overtaking, faulty road shapes, unfit vehicles, negligence of passengers and pedestrians, incompetence of driver, use of mobile or headphones while moving, taking drugs and liquor, poor enforcement of traffic laws, increase in the number of small vehicles etc. are blamed for road accidents at the press conference.
BUET’s Accident Research Center Director Hadiuzzaman, public transport expert Abdul Haq, human rights activist Nur Khan Liton, General Secretary of Citizens Solidarity Sharifuzzaman Sharif, journalist Manjurul Alam Panna, among others, were present at the press conference.