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19 August, 2019 12:39:44 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 August, 2019 02:19:15 PM
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‘Road crashes kill 253 during Eid holidays’

Jatri Kalyan Samity highlights transport safety
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
‘Road crashes kill 253 during Eid holidays’
A CNG-run three-wheeler gets mangled after a head-on collision with a bus at Jamtala Lalmai on Cumilla-Noakhali Road yesterday. Focus Bangla Photo

During Eid this year, a total of 253 people were killed and 908 injured in 244 accidents in road, rail and maritime transport. Of those killed, 224 died in 203 road accidents and 866 were injured, disclosed the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, which has accumulated data over a 12-day period before and after Eid.

While disclosing the information at the Shagar-Runi Auditorium at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday (Sunday), the secretary-general of the platform, Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, said the percentage of deaths in road

accidents has fallen by 6.25 per cent when compared with the last Eid.

This year, among 203 road accidents, 67 involved motorbikes, which comprised 33 per cent of all the road accidents. The death rate involving a motorbike is 34.37 per cent and the injury rate is 8.42 percent. The death rate involving a pedestrian is 52.21 per cent.

If these two sectors can be tackled in the next two Eids, then road accidents can be controlled by 85.21 percent in the next Eid, he argued. The Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity prepared the statistics on the basis of news reports of 41 national and regional newspapers and 11 online news portals from August 6 to August 17.

“The road conditions this time were pretty good compared to the previous Eid. However, charging of extra fares, black marketing of tickets as well as harassment of passengers increased,” observed Mozammel Haque Chowdhury. The secretary-general of the NGO said before Eid, ministers, MPs, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), law enforcement agencies and other leaders are very much aware of the accidents, but this is not seen after the Eid holidays.

“The accidents have occurred most post-Eid holidays, while returning from home to Dhaka. So the monitoring should be more after the Eid days, the same as pre-Eid days,” he noted.

In these 12 days, 13 people were killed and 15 injured in train-related incidents, which include deaths after being run over by trains, he said.

Besides, 16 people died and 27 were injured in 24 accidents on waterways, he said, adding that 59 went missing in the mishaps.

The majority of the fatalities occurred when holidaymakers were travelling to their respective ancestral homes and returning to the capital prior to and after Eid-ul-Azha, said Chowdhury.

He said in this year’s Eid, road accidents have decreased by 6.40 per cent, casualties by 6.25 per cent and injuries by 1.50 per cent compared to last year. Of the total 203 road accidents this year, 67 involved motorcycles, which is 33 per cent of all accidents; the casualties are at 34.37 per cent and the injuries rate is 8.42 per cent.

Among the deaths, 52.21 per cent of the deaths are of pedestrians being run over, 21 per cent were caused by head-on collisions, 17 per cent occurred as a result of drivers losing control over the wheels and 9 per cent are from other, unknown causes.

After analysing all the accidents, 27.4 per cent were seen to have been caused by buses, 26.33 per cent by motorcycles, 16.4 per cent by trucks, pickups, covered vans and lorries, 7.82 per cent by the car-microbuses, 13.52 per cent by auto-rickshaws, 3.55 per cent by the Nachimon-Karimon and 4.98 percent by battery-run rickshaws and Easybikes.

He said from August 6, before the beginning of Eid Ul Azha to August 17, after the end of Eid holydays, in a total of 12 days, 203 road accidents occurred. In these accidents, 37 drivers, three workers, 70 women, 22 children, 42 students, three journalists, two doctors, eight law enforcers, three political leaders and at least 900 passengers and pedestrians were victims.

Drawing a comparative picture of the accident on the road during Eid-ul-Azha for the past three years, he said in 2016, 248 people were killed in 193 road accidents whereas 1,055 were injured; in 2017, the numbers of the dead and injured were 254 and 696 in 214 accidents, while in 2018, the numbers were 259 and 960 in 239 accidents.

Chowdhury added that reckless driving, speeding and using motorbikes for long journeys are the main causes of such a huge number of accidents and deaths.

MK

 

 

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