Medical &Health

Road accidents in Bangladesh continue to claim hundreds of lives every year.

As many as 524 people, including 73 children, were killed and 821 others injured in 467 road accidents across the country in June.

Of these, 204 people died in bike accidents alone during this period, which is 38.93% of the total fatalities, Road Safety Foundation said in its latest report released on Monday.

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Besides, 107 pedestrians, 86 drivers and their assistants were killed in the accidents.

The Road Safety Foundation prepared the report based on the reports of nine national dailies, seven online news portals and electronic media.

Of the total accidents, some 159 occurred on the national highways, 174 on regional roads, 72 on rural roads, 56 on city roads and six at other places, said the report.

According to the report, 25.05% of the accidents occurred in Dhaka division, 15.41% in Rajshahi, 16.48% in Chattogram, 14.34% in Khulna, 9% in Barishal, 2.78% in Sylhet, 10.49% in Rangpur and 6.42% in Mymensingh divisions.

The RSF attributed the accidents to several major reasons -- faulty vehicles; reckless driving; desperate mentality, incompetence and illness of drivers; unsettled wages and working hours; and prevalence of low-speed traffic on highways to name a few.

The RSF urged the authorities concerned to address the issues and take necessary initiatives to fix those.

Source: United News of Bangladesh