Jatri Kalyan Samity, an organisation working for the protection of passenger rights, said 8,642 people died in road accidents in the country last year. The statistics revealed in a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday.
It said 6,581 road crashes occurred across the country in 2015, leaving 8,642 dead and another 21,855 injured. The Jatri Kalyan Samity death toll counts 3,639 more fatalities than the last year’s road-crash death statistics compiled by another similar organisation, Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa).
Nischa said at a press conference in Dhaka on December 31 that 5,003 people were killed and at least 6,197 others injured in 2,626 accidents around the country in 2015. Both the organisations say they have compiled the figures from newspaper reports.
Kalyan Samity Secretary General Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said 30,497 people, including passengers and transport workers, fell victim to road crashes last year.
Some recommendations for prevention of road accidents were also included in the report. Creating awareness about traffic and motor vehicle laws, removing markets from highways areas, freeing footpaths, updating present traffic laws, digitalising issuance, renewal of vehicle fitness certificates and dividing highways for slow- and fast-moving vehicles etc were included in the recommendations.
The Samity also suggested that the government take responsibility for the families of those killed in road accidents, according to bdnews24.com. -Mithun