7809 killed in road crushes in 2021
Published: 04:11 PM, 23 January 2022
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In the year 2021, 7,809 people were killed and 9,039 injured in 5,629 road accidents in the country.
At the same time, 396 people were killed and 134 injured in 402 accidents on the railways. Besides, 311 people were killed, 578 injured and 544 missing in 182 accidents on the waterways.
A total of 8,516 people were killed and 9,751 injured in 6,213 accidents on roads, railways and waterways.
This information was given by Secretary General of the Passenger Welfare Association, Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, at a press conference titled 'Annual Road Accident Report-2021 Publication' at Sagar-Runi Auditorium of Dhaka Reporters' Unity on Sunday.
He said that in preparing this report, the news of road accidents published in national, regional and online newspapers of the country has been monitored. It has been seen that 2350 drivers, 1715 pedestrians, 1017 transport workers, 430 students, 111 teachers, 237 law enforcement personnel, 1076 women, 638 children, 42 journalists, 27 doctors, 14 lawyers and 16 engineers and 181 leaders and activists of different political parties and 10 freedom fighters were victims of the accident.
Dangerous overtaking, reckless speed, unsafe road, unfit vehicles, carelessness of passengers and pedestrians, driver incompetence, use of mobile or headphones while moving, driving under the influence of drugs, rail crossing and road accident Vehicles coming up, no sidewalks or sidewalks being evicted, poor enforcement of traffic laws, increase in small vehicles, road extortion, roadside bazaars, unloading of faulty vehicles and replacement of safe and modern public transport system across the country with tuktuki, easybikes, battery powered. Motorcycles, CNG autorickshaws relying on the public transport system, road accidents are increasing recklessly.
At the press conference, the organization made 12 recommendations to the government to prevent road accidents.
These recommendations are: Implement of the current government's election manifesto on road safety, identify flaws in the law, strictly implement the Road Transport Act 2018 by installing CCTV cameras in digital system, increase budget allocation for road safety, form separate road safety unit in road ministry, road safety already made. Take steps to implement all recommendations, install road signs on the country's highways, draw zebra crossings, provide professional training and moral education to public transport drivers, stop corruption and extortion in the road transport sector, vehicle fitness and driver's licenses. To modernize the delivery system in tandem with the developed world, to provide financial assistance fund for road accidents, to provide quick and improved treatment and rehabilitation of casualties, to take initiative to launch adequate quality new transport as per demand across the country,Establish training academy for training of traffic police officers and members and make it compulsory for all ministers, MPs, secretaries and deputy commissioners of the country to use public transport on anonymity once a month to monitor the quality of service and safety in public transport.
At the press conference, among others, the director of the BUET Accident Research Center, Hadiuzzaman, public transport expert Abdul Haq, prominent human rights activist Nur Khan Liton, General Secretary of Citizens Solidarity Sharifuzzaman Sharif and others were present.