The Financial Express

Road accidents killed 17 people every day in June: Report

| Updated: July 04, 2022 19:30:09

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Some 524 people were killed and 821 others injured in road accidents across the country in June this year.

It means, on average, roughly 17 people died in road mishaps every day in the last month.

During the period, a total of 467 road crashes took place while the number of accidents involving motorcycles was the highest, according to a report published by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF).

Among the dead, 68 were women and 73 children.

Of the dead, 204 were killed in 197 motorcycle accidents in the last month, it reveals.

Like the previous trend, the highest number of accidents occurred in Dhaka division with the number of deaths also being the highest last month.

Of the total deaths, 139 people were killed in Dhaka division alone in 117 mishaps, the report shows.

The lowest number of fatalities was reported in Sylhet division. A total of 14 people were killed in 13 accidents in the division.

Of the total, 159 accidents occurred on highways, 174 on regional roads, 72 on rural roads, 56 on urban roads and 6 on others.

Besides, 16 were killed and four others injured in 18 incidents on railway tracks while nine others died from eight incidents on waterways during the period.

The RSF prepared the report based on news content of nine national dailies, seven online news portals, and electronic media.

Some 793 vehicles were responsible for the road accidents that took place during the period.

It attributed the road crashes to unfit vehicles, rash driving, lack of skill, mental and physical sickness, inadequate benefits for drivers, slow movement of vehicles on the highways, reckless bike ride by youths, improper traffic management system, and lack of awareness about traffic laws.

The RSF has also recommended increasing skilled drivers, strengthening the capability of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and enforcement of the existing laws to check road accidents in the country.

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