Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on June 14 told parliament that a total of 888 people were killed in road accidents across the country in the first four months of 2017. He also said that during that time 716 people were injured in 929 road accidents throughout the country. Being a signatory country for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 adopted by the United Nations, Bangladesh is committed to bringing down the number of casualties in road accidents by 50 percent by 2020, said the minister. He said the government has been implementing different projects, activities, and programs considering 3Es (Engineering, Education, and Enforcement) aiming to reduce road accidents in the country.
The government has already taken corrective measures for over 100 black spots out of total 227 identified across the country and a project involving BDT1.65 billion is now being implemented to undertake the preventive measures for the rest of black spots within the outgoing fiscal year, he said. The road transport and bridges minister also said the road accident is declining gradually in the country due to the government's effective plans. According to the statistics of Bangladesh Police, the number of road accidents was 4,472 in 2008, which came down to 2,566 in 2016, he added.