Around 29,315 people were killed and 69,428 people injured in road accidents at different places across the country between 2018 and 2015, Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passenger welfare platform, said today.
Of them, around 7, 221 people were killed and 15, 466 people injured in 5,514 road accidents in 2018 while 7, 397 people were killed and 16,193 injured in 4979 accidents in 2017 and 6, 055 people were killed and 15, 914 injured in 2016, according to the year-wise data of the platform.
Besides, around 8, 642 people were killed and 21, 855 injured in 6,581 road accidents took place in 2015 which is the highest number of causalities on the roads, the platform said in a statement.
Jatri Kalyan Samity today revealed the survey, based on reports published in newspapers, and said the actual number is much higher as many incidents of road accident go unreported.
Ahead of the 'Jatiya Nirapad Sarak Dibosh' (National Road Safety Day) to be observed tomorrow, Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary general of the platform, in the statement called upon the concerned authorities to observe the day as a tool of building mass awareness in the society about the road safety.
The day can be celebrated chalking out a month-long programme like other national days to generate awareness among people about road safety, he said.
According to the findings of the Jatri Kalyan Samity, the speed of vehicles on the roads and highways have increased due to the development work of the government.
Alongside the rate of causalities in the road accidents have increased due to reckless driving and unethical overtaking mentality of the drivers, Mozammel Haque said in the report.
The number of road accidents and the traffic jam will take an acute turn if the number of small vehicles as the proportion of the population is not reduced, he said.