Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday told Parliament that 25,526 people were killed and 19,763 others injured in road accidents in the country in the last 10 years.
He came up with the statistics while responding to a question from BNP MP Harunur Rashid.
“A total of 25,526 people were killed and 19,763 others injured in road accidents between January 2009 and April 2019,” the minister said.
He, however, said his ministry is not the organisation concerned to keep the record of cases filed over road accidents.
As per the statistics, 2,500 people were killed on an average every year in road accidents.
In reply to a separate question from the BNP MP, Quader said police, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and Accident Research Institute of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) are keeping record of road accidents and casualties in the prescribed forms.
He said a road accident usually takes place for lack of awareness of road users, including pedestrians.
Lack of drivers’ skills, tendency to violate law, lack of proper enforcement of laws, technical glitches, over speed, overtaking and overload of vehicles are also among the main reasons behind road accidents.