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Ctg road mishaps claim 504
Published : Sunday, 4 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 14

Shahenoor Akther Urmi
CHITTAGONG, Jan 3: At least 504 people were killed and 2146 injured in 497 road accidents that occurred from January to December in 2014 in Chittagong city and 14 upazilas under the district, according to a report of Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh (PWAB).
Monitoring news on road accidents published in the country's national dailies, the PWAB's road accident monitoring cell released the report on Saturday, pointing out poor traffic management, reckless driving, unfit vehicles plying the roads and the lack of awareness of commuters and passers-by to be the main reasons for  these accidents.
According to the report, 34 killed and 134 injured in 40 accidents in January, 13 killed and 66 injured in 28 accidents in February, 19 killed and 142 injured in 27 accidents in March, 41 killed and 109 injured in 39 accidents in April, 39 killed and 158 injured in 46 accidents in May, 31 killed and 194 injured in 35 accidents in June, 35 killed and 207 injured in 40 accidents in July, 58 killed and 219 injured in 52 accidents in August, 52 killed and 316 injured in 64 accidents in September, 54 killed and 289 injured in 52 accidents in October, 42 killed and 154 injured in 38 accidents in November and 36 killed and 158 injured in 36 accidents in December.
The highest number of road accidents occurred in September - 64, while the lowest number occurred in March-27.
Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, the regional head of the PWAB in Chittagong, said the number of road accidents was less in the city than in any other parts of the district.
Illegal establishments beside roads, markets, and small vehicles on larger roads also contribute to these accidents, said Mozammel.
"At least 30-40 accidents were caused by battery-run rickshaws in the city every day," he added.
According to Traffic deaprtment of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), lack of awareness of both driver and pedestrians is the major reason, while some drivers let their helpers drive their vehicles, resulting in road accidents sometimes.
Dilapidated conditions of roads and the increasing number of vehicles with unskilled drivers are also the reasons behind these road accidents, the source added.
Most of these accidents took place on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, while the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway was the second risky road. Sitakunda and Mirsarai at the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, and Potiya, Chandanaish, Lohagora and Chokoria at the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway are most vulnerable to accidents, the report said.
Bigger vehicles like trucks and covered vans cause the accidents on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, while micro buses, easybikes, auto-rickshaws and battery-run rickshaws are more accident-prone on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway, it added.

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