According to National Bureau of Statistics 1,466 Nigerians dies in road accidents from January- April (the 1st quarter of the year) and from June- August (the 2nd quarter) 1,207 died on road accident, amounting to 2,673.
1,363 of the 1,466 Nigerians that got killed in the first quarter were adults. “It represents that 93 per cent of the figure are adults, while the remaining 103 Nigerians, representing seven per cent of the figure are children.
It indicated that the number of deaths through road accidents is gradually reducing. According to the report, a total of 2,556 road accidents occurred in the first quarter while the second quarter reflected a total of 2,503.
It however, attributed the cause of accident to speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes and accounted for 44.44 per cent of the total road crashes reported. Loss of control, distracted driving, dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 12.92 per cent and 8.06 per cent of the total road crashes recorded.
According to the NBS, data on the category of vehicles involved in road crashes in the 2nd quarter 2017 reflected that 58.59 per cent of vehicles are commercial (2,363), 40.22 per cent (1,622) are private, 1.14 per cent (46) are government and the remaining are diplomatic (2).
Abuja recorded the highest number of road crashes in 2nd quarters 2017 and closely followed by Kaduna and Niger States while Borno and Bayelsa States recorded the least.
The report shows that Abuja had the highest case of road crash for the quarter with a total of 346 cases with 863 casualties followed by Kaduna having 200 cases with 950 casualties, Niger had 139 cases with 495 casualties, Lagos had 127 cases with 326 casualties while Bayelsa recorded the least with a total of 7 cases and 32 casualties, followed by Borno having 8 cases with 30 casualties.
According to the bureau, a total of 218,060 national drivers’ licenses were produced in the second quarter. It stated that Lagos State and Abuja produced the highest number of licenses while Zamfara and Kebbi states produced the lowest numbers.
A total of 110,881 vehicle number plates were produced in 2nd quarter 2017. FCT and Oyo state produced the highest number of vehicle plate numbers while Ogun and Rivers States produced the least numbers of vehicle plate numbers in 2nd quarter 2017.