No fewer than 2, 673 people died in road accidents in Nigeria between January and June, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Th is implies an average of 15 people died each day in the fi rst six months of 2017 in road accidents across the country. Th e NBS Road Transport Data for fi rst and second quarters of the year posted on its website on Tuesday, shows that 1, 466 died in the fi rst quarter and 1, 207 died in the second quarter.
Th e data, however, indicated that the number of deaths through road accidents was gradually reducing. Th e fi rst quarter data refl ected that 2,556 road accidents occurred during the period while the second quarter data refl ected that 2,503 occurred in the period. Th e report stated that speed violation was identifi ed as the major cause of accidents with the second quarter recording 44.44 per cent of such cases. It stated that loss of control accounted for 12.92 per cent of accidents, while dangerous driving accounted for 8.06 per cent of road crashes in the second quarter.
Th e bureau further stated that 8,270 people were injured in the accidents and that 7,805 of the 8,270 injured persons were adults, representing 94 per cent of the fi gure. Th e report adds that 465 or six 6 per cent of the injured were children. Th e report stated that Abuja, the nation’s capital, recorded the highest number of road accidents in the second quarter, followed by Kaduna and Niger states, while Borno and Bayelsa states recorded the lowest number of accidents.
The bureau estimated the number of vehicles in the country in the second quarter to be 11.51 million for the country’s population of 193.40 million at the end of 2016. According to the bureau, a total of 218,060 national drivers’ licences were produced in the second quarter. It stated that Lagos state and Abuja produced the highest number of licences while Zamfara and Kebbi states produced the lowest numbers.