Over 43,000 people died in road accidents in the last six years
A total of 43,856 people died in road accidents across the country in the last six years, Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity said today.
Meanwhile 91,358 people were injured in 31,793 road accidents during that period, the organisation said in a statement.
The non-government organisation's General Secretary Md Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said in the statement that there is negligence in implementing a commitment made by the Awami League-led government before it came to power for the third term.
Mozammel Haque demanded implementation of the government's election pledge towards road safety.
The organisation said, 64 people die and more than 150 people suffer injuries on average every day in road accidents throughout the country.
According to the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity statistics, 8,642 people were killed in 2015; 6,055 killed in 2016; 7,397 killed in 2017; 7,221 died in 2018; 7,855 died in 2019; and 6,686 were killed in 2020.
Mozammel demanded to increase budget in the projects of ensuring road safety, research, meetings and seminars, public awareness and a control over the extortion on the roads.
He also demanded control over corruption and irregularities in Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and traffic department.