3,743 Nigerians died in road accidents in 9 months – NBS

Abuja, Dec. 6, 2017 (TNE) In spite of fiery efforts by road safety agencies to reduce accidents on the roads, no fewer than 3,743 people died in such accidents in the first nine months of this year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

This NBS Road Transport Data for first, second and third quarters of the year show that 1, 466 people died in the first quarter, 1, 207 in the second quarter and 1,070 in the third quarter.

The data, however, indicate that the number of deaths through road accidents has gradually reduced.

The report shows that 7,537 road accidents occurred during the period.

A breakdown of the report shows the first quarter data reflected that 2,556 road accidents occurred during the period while the second quarter data reflected that 2,503 occurred in the period.

According to the report, 2,478 road accidents occurred in the third quarter.

It, however, attributes the major cause of accidents to speed violation, loss of control, and dangerous driving.

Meanwhile, available data show that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded the highest number of road accidents in the second quarter, followed by Kaduna and Niger States, while Borno and Bayelsa recorded the lowest number of accidents.

The bureau put the estimated number of vehicles in the country in the second quarter at 11.51 million for the country’s estimated population of 183.40 million at the end of 2016.

According to the data, 218,060 national drivers’ licences were produced in the second quarter.

It stated that Lagos State and the FCT produced the highest number of licences, while Zamfara and Kebbi States produced the lowest numbers

For the third quarter, the report said that Lagos and the FCT also produced the highest number of driver’s licences, while Zamfara and Kebbi produced the least number of national driver’s licence.

Similarly, it stated that 75,958 vehicle number plates were produced in the third quarter.

It also stated that Delta and the FCT produced the highest number of vehicle number plates, while Ekiti and Rivers produced the least number of vehicle number plates in the quarter.

(TNE)

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