Friday, 12 August, 2022

524 lives lost on roads in June

524 lives lost on roads in June

A total of 524 people, including 68 women and 73 children, died and 821 others were injured in 467 road accidents across the country in June this year.

Road Safety Foundation, a voluntary organisation, which works for safe roads, said this in their study published on Monday.

According to the study, the accidents left 107 pedestrians dead, which is 20.41 percent of total deaths. Besides, 86 drivers and their helpers died in crashes, 16.41 percent of total deaths.

According to the report, motorcycle crashes claimed 204 lives. The non-profit organisation said that motorcycles, which are used as an alternative mode of public transport, are raising the number of road accidents.

"The accelerating trend of motorcycle crashes is leading to dire consequences. It's important to make public transport services easy, affordable, and better, reducing traffic and discouraging the use of motorcycles," the agency warned.

The motorcycle is the vehicle that causes the most accidents in the country, the organisation said in their report, compiling information from nine print and seven online news sites and electronic media sources. The report said motorcycles accounted for 38.93 percent of total deaths and 42.18 percent of total accidents.

The Road Safety Foundation said around 174 road crashes, or 37.25 percent of the total, were reported on regional roads, while 159 (34.04 percent) others were reported on highways, 72 (15.41 percent) on village roads, 56 (12 percent) on city roads, and 6 others in other places, the Road Safety Foundation said.

The number of vehicles involved in the accidents was 793, including 212 (26.73 percent) motorcycles, 130 trucks, 78 buses, 24 covered vans, 54 pick-ups, 11 trolleys, 5 lorries, 13 tractors, 2 oil-carrying tankers, 2 prison vans, one city corporation truck, 8 microbuses, 13 private cars, 4 ambulances, 2 jeeps, one police pick-up, one army truck, 149 three-wheelers, 51 locally made vehicles, 23 non-mechanical, and 9 other vehicles.

Road traffic fatalities were the highest in the Dhaka division, which recorded 139 deaths in 117 incidents. The capital district recorded 41 deaths in 29 crashes.

Meanwhile, the Sylhet division recorded 14 deaths in 13 accidents, the lowest in Bangladesh. Nine accidents in Rangamati, Magura, Lalmonirhat, and Sunamganj claimed no lives.

Accidents involving high-speed vehicles and motorcycles have increased, according to the Road Safety Foundation.