No fewer than 1,292 people died in road accidents in Nigeria in Q1 2018, according to National Bureau of Statistics, NBS. This implies an average of about 14 people died each day in the three months of Q1 2018 in road accidents across the country.
The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, released the Road Transport Data report for the first quarter of this year with the country recording a total of 2,482 road crashes. Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q1 and it accounted for 50.81% of the total road crashes reported. Tyre burst and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 8.26% and 8.42% of the total road crashes recorded, Brandspur Nigeria reports.
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% of the figure, are adults while the remaining 693 Nigerians, representing 8% of the figure are children. 6,394 male Nigerians, representing 76%, got injured in road crashes in Q1 while 2,072 female Nigerians, representing 24% got injured.
Similarly, a total of 1,292 Nigerians got killed in the road traffic crashes recorded in Q1 2018. 1,186 of the 1,292 Nigerians that got killed, representing 92% of the figure, are adults while the remaining 106 Nigerians, representing 8% of the figure are children. 1,008 male Nigerians, representing 78%, got killed in road crashes in Q1 while 284 female Nigerians, representing 22% got killed.
The Bureau said, “Estimated vehicle population in Nigeria as at Q1 2018 was put at 11,653,871 with the total population of the country puts at 198,000,000 in 2018.” Nigeria’s vehicle per population ratio is put 0.06. Data on the category of vehicles involved in road crashes in Q1 2018 reflected that 60.3% of vehicles are commercial (2,330), 38.30% are private (1,480), 1.35% are government (52) and the diplomat with two (2) vehicle involved.
Also, a total of 223,107 national drivers licenses were produced in Q1 2018. Lagos and FCT produced the highest number of drivers’ licenses while Ekiti and Kebbi States produced the least numbers of national drivers’ license.