The Road Safety Foundation reported the death of 519 people in 458 road accidents across the country last August. Among them, 172 people were killed in 183 motorcycle accidents. Compared to total accidents, motorcycle accident rate is 39.95 percent, fatality rate is 33.14 percent.
Saidur Rahman, executive director of Road Safety Foundation, said this information in a press release on Saturday (September 3). This report has been prepared based on information from 9 national dailies, 7 online newsportals and electronic media.
According to the report, 519 people were killed in 458 road accidents in August. 961 people were injured in these accidents. Among the dead are 64 women, 69 children.
109 pedestrians were killed in the accident. Which is 21 percent of the total casualties. 94 people were killed, the driver and assistant of the vehicle. Which is 18.11 percent of the total casualties.
The report also said that the highest number of accidents and fatalities occurred in Dhaka Division in August. 142 people were killed in 127 accidents. 21 people were killed in the least 19 accidents in Sylhet division. Dhaka district as a single district has seen the highest number of accidents and fatalities. 37 people were killed in 32 accidents in Dhaka. The least number of accidents and fatalities occurred in Magura, Jhalkathi and Sunamganj districts. There were 7 accidents in these 3 districts but no loss of life. 24 people were killed and 29 injured in 26 accidents in the capital.
739 people were killed in road accidents last July. According to this, the death toll has decreased by 29.76 percent in August. However, this level of reduction in casualties does not indicate any sustainable improvement. An average of 17 people were killed every day in August.
431 working people aged 18 to 65 were killed in road accidents in August. Which is 83.04 percent of the total number of casualties.
The reasons cited for the accidents are increasing number of accidents on unprotected railway crossings and railway tracks in the country. Speeding goods vehicles and motorcycle accidents are also on the rise. Accidents are increasing due to reckless speeding of goods vehicles by mentally and physically ill drivers and reckless driving of motorcycles by minors and youth.
In this situation, the organization considers it necessary to make public transport easy, affordable and improve, reduce traffic congestion and discourage motorcycles.