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Road crashes claim over 14,000 lives in two years  

Published : Thursday, 21 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 237

Road accidents have taken lives of over 14,000 people across the country in the last two years.
As per the record, at least 17 people died in road crashes every day.  
Last year, at least 7,221 people lost their lives in road accidents across the country, according to a report by the Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Organisation published on January 25 this year. As many as 7,397 people died in road accident in 2017, the organisation said.

Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, Secretary General of Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Organisation, said road accident could be brought to a tolerable level if the authorities concerned addressed five major problems - lack of efficient drivers, transports sans fitness, reckless driving, and dilapidated state of roads and misuse of laws. When asked about the death figure of this year he said his organisation would reveal the figure after scrutiny.

In 2018, a total of 5,514 road crashes took place while in 2017 a total of 4,979 road accidents occurred, according to the report.  In the last year, road accidents left 15,446 people injured while the number was 16,193 in 2017.
According to Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Organisation, in 2018 the victims in 41.53 percent of the reported cases died as a result of being run over by vehicles while 29.72 percent of the deaths occurred in head-on collisions between vehicles.

Around 16.18 percent of the road crash casualties resulted from vehicles falling into ditches, the same report said. The report also found that 394 were killed in a total of 370 railway accidents while 248 people were injured in 2018. Waterway accidents left 126 dead and 234 injured while 387 people were reported missing.

Five aviation accidents claimed 55 casualties and left 32 injured, according to the data. A total of 6,048 accidents on roads, railways, waterways and airways occurred in 2018. Around 1,252 drivers and transport workers, 880 students, 231 law-enforcement personnel, 106 teachers and 34 journalists died in road accidents last year.

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