Perilous roads: 534 lose lives in February alone

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It stated that deaths in road crash marked a fall by 2.43 percent compared to the previous month

At least 534 people were killed and 1,169 others injured in 504 road crashes in the last month ( February), said Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare platform.

Besides, 48 people were killed and 13 others injured in 56 railway accidents while 40 killed and 64 injured in nine waterway accidents, reports UNB.

Wreckage of the car after it hit a roadside tree in Kadirpur area in Godagari upazila on Saturday, February 29, 2020 | Dhaka TribuneThe information was disclosed in a report of Jatri Kalyan Samity’s Road Accident Monitoring Cell on Monday.

It stated that deaths in road crash marked a fall by 2.43 percent compared to the previous month (January).

Of the total accidents in February, 3.17 percent accidents occurred in Dhaka city, 1.19 percent in Chattogram city and 1.38 percent in different level-crossings across the country, the release added.

A bus helper was killed and 25 others got injured after a picnic bus flipped while turning in Sapchori area of Rangamati on February 14, 2020 | Dhaka TribuneIt stated that 27 people were killed and 40 others injured in 25 accidents on February 16 alone, showing the highest number of road accidents in just one day.

Reckless driving, risky overtaking, dilapidated roads, unfit vehicles, unskilled drivers, using mobile phones or headphones while driving, increase in the number of small vehicles and lack of awareness among road users were cited as the main reasons behind road accidents.

The association also placed some recommendations, including enforcement of the Road Transport Act 2018 strictly through installing closed-circuit cameras, relocating markets from roadside and highways, freeing footpaths, installation of road sign on roads and highways, using zebra-crossing, taking steps for giving professional training to public transport drivers and taking strict measures to stop extortion on roads and highways.