As the world marks road crashes day, today, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has stated that in the first quarter of 2018, a total of 1,292 Nigerians got killed in road traffic crashes recorded in the first quarter of 2018.
LEADERSHIP Sunday investigation has also shown that 5,090 road crashes were recorded in Nigeria in six months.
Reacting to this, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said that there were 33.7 deaths per 100,000 people in Nigeria every year, making Nigeria one of the countries with the highest number of fatalities in Africa.
The period in review, which is between January to June 2018, showed that between January and March, 2,482 road crashes were recorded; while between April and June, 2608 road crashes were recorded.
While the data for the second half of the year is still running, the National Bureau of Statistics’ report has shown that the figures may increase since it would involve the Christmas season, when people travel a lot.
Breakdown of reports from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that 2,482 road crashes occurred in the first quarter of 2018.
Speed violation was reported as the major cause of road crashes and it accounted for 50.81 per cent of the total road crashes reported.
The report also showed that tyre burst and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 8.26 per cent and 8.42 per cent of the total road crashes recorded.
Also, a total of 8,466 Nigerians got injured in the road traffic crashes recorded, 7,773 of the 8,466 Nigerians that got injured, representing 92 per cent of the figure, are adults while the remaining 693 Nigerians, representing eight per cent of the figure are children.
Part of the report read that “6,394 male Nigerians, representing 76 per cent, got injured in road crashes in the first quarter of 2018, while 2,072 female Nigerians, representing 24 per cent got injured.
“1,186 of the 1,292 Nigerians that got killed, representing 92 per cent of the figure, are adults while the remaining 106 Nigerians, representing eight per cent of the figure are children. 1,008 male Nigerians, representing 78 per cent, got killed in road crashes in Q1 while 284 female Nigerians, representing 22 per cent got killed.
“Estimated vehicle population in Nigeria as at Q1 2018 was put at 11,653,871 with the total population of the country put at 198,000,000 in 2018. Nigeria’s vehicle per population ratio is put at 0.06.”
The NBS data also showed that the category of vehicles involved in road crashes in the first quarter of 2018, reflected that 60.3 per cent of vehicles are commercial (2,330); 38.30 per cent are private (1,480); 1.35 per cent are government (52) and the diplomat, represented by two vehicles.
The Q2 2018 road data reflected that 2,608 road crashes occurred within the quarter under review. Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q2 and it accounted for 50.65 per cent of the total road crashes reported.
Tyre burst and dangerous driving followed closely were identified as major causes as they both accounted for 8.59 per cent and 8.40 per cent of the total road crashes recorded.
NBS said further that a total of 8,437 Nigerians got injured in the road traffic crashes recorded in the second quarter of 2018.
According to the NBC, “7,946 of the 8,437 Nigerians that got injured, representing 94 per cent of the figure, are adults while the remaining 491 Nigerians, representing six per cent of the figure are children.
6,415 male Nigerians, representing 76 per cent, got injured in road crashes in Q2 while 2,022 female Nigerians, representing 24 per cent got injured.”
Causes Of Accidents
The World Health Organisation (WHO), has listed the causes of accidents to include speeding (four – five per cent); driving under the influence of alcohol and other psychoactive substances; non-use of motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints; distracted driving; unsafe road infrastructure; unsafe vehicles; inadequate post-crash care; and inadequate law enforcement of traffic laws.
It would be important to note that all of the causes are prevalent in Nigeria, especially unsafe road infrastructure. Most of the road networks are in decrepit state and can best be described as roads to hell where human lives are wasted daily.
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