BD road accidents fall 31 pc: 2,376 killed till Aug

BD road accidents fall 31 pc: 2,376 killed till Aug

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Dhaka – The country witnessed a 31 percent decrease in road accidents and casualties in eight months of this year 2016 compared to the same period in last year, according to a survey carried out by a non-government rights body, the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSSR).It says, at least 2,376 people were killed and 6,341 injured in 2,179 road accidents from January 1 to August 31 this year across the country, while the figure was 4,622 , 9,151 and 3,162 respectively in the same period in last year.
The survey was conducted based on reports published on 20 national dailies, eight online news portals and news services and 10 regional newspapers, said NCPSSR general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey.
NCPSSR report shows that an average of 578 people died and 1,144 people injured in 395 mishaps in every month from January to August in 2015 while 297 people were killed and 793 people injured in 273 accidents in every month in the same time in ongoing year.
As a result, the country witnessed a decreased rate of road accidents and casualties in the ongoing year. The road accidents were decreased by 31 percent while the deaths by 49 percent and the injuries by 31 percent.
The national committee general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey mentioned five reasons for the positive change in the road accident scenario.
These are: publishing reports with constructive criticism on road transportation on media round the year, arranging different programs against road accidents by different social organizations, Road Transport and Bridges’ minister’s active presence on roads, increased responsibility of police personnel and mobile courts against faulty vehicles and fake driving licenses and identifying different risky turning points and establishing cautionary signs there and road repair, he said.

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