7,397 people died in road accidents in 2017
Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 23
At least 7,397 people were killed and 16,193 injured in 4,979 road accidents across the country in 2017.
The number of deaths in the road accidents increased by 22.2 percent last year compared to the year 2016.
Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Association Secretary General Mozammel Haque Chowdhury revealed the information at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporter's Unity in the city on Saturday.
Commonly, a bus at speed overtakes a slow-moving vehicle on a highway but when overtaking becomes frequent, bus drivers forget to take precautionary measures. Thus accidents happen, he said.
Had there been separate service roads for slow-moving vehicles, the number of accidents would have been much less, he also said.
Bus drivers often have races with each other to reach destinations within the shortest possible time, which also causes accidents, he said.
He suggested bringing bus operators under a single platform to refrain drivers from overtaking.
Many car drivers without any experience of driving on highways contribute to the rise in the number of deaths in road accidents," Mozammel Haq said.
He recommended separate lane for slow-moving vehicles, keeping provisions for stern punishment in the proposed Road Transport Act, regular audit on road safety, setting up of medians, increasing the number of trained drivers, introducing separate police unit to investigate road accidents, checking overloading and examining vehicles' fitness to minimise the number of accidents.
Apart from risky overtaking and reckless driving, the association found absence of central reservations on roads, breaching traffic rules, unskilled drivers, faulty roads, lack of awareness among passengers, overloading and unfit vehicles as the major reasons for the accidents.