FRIGHTENING figures issued on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has shown that an average of 11 persons died everyday in Nigerian road accidents between July 1 and September 30 this year, and that a total of 6,803 Nigerians sustained injury from the accidents.
The Road Transport Data for Third Quarter, 2017 posted on the NBS website on Wednesday indicated that 981 of the 1,070 Nigerians that died, representing 91.7 per cent of the figure, were adults while the remaining 89 Nigerians, representing 8.3 per cent of the figure were children.
The breakdown of the figure showed that 815 of those lost to road crashes within the period were males, representing 76.2 per cent while 255 were females, representing 23.8 per cent.
According to the report, 2,478 cases of road accidents occurred in the third quarter, identifying the major cause as speed violation, which it said accounted for 44.51 per cent of the total accidents reported in the quarter.
The national statistics agency stated that loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 10.41 per cent and 9.52 per cent of the total accident recorded respectively.
Meanwhile, the report stated that a total of 6,803 Nigerians got injured in the accidents.
It stated that 6,419 of the 6,803 Nigerians that got injured, representing 94.4 per cent of the figure were adults while the remaining 384 Nigerians, representing 5.7 per cent of the figure were children.
It further stated that 5,110 male Nigerians, representing 75 per cent, got injured in road accidents in the quarter while 1,693 female Nigerians, representing 25 per cent got injured.
According to the report, estimated vehicle population in Nigeria as at third quarter was put at 11,547,236 with the total population of the country puts at 193.3 million in 2016.
The bureau stated vehicle per population ratio in the country was put at 0.06.
In addition, it stated that data on the category of vehicles involved in road accident reflected that 58 per cent of vehicles were commercial (2,000), 40.6 per cent were private (1,401), 1.4 per cent were government (48) and the remaining were diplomat (0).
It stated that FCT recorded the highest number of road crashes in the quarter, closely followed by Kaduna and Kogi States while Borno and Bayelsa States had the least.
The report stated that 200,565 national driver’s licenses were produced in the period under review.
It stated that Lagos and FCT produced the highest number of driver’s licenses while Zamfara and Kebbi produced the least numbers of national driver’s license.
The report also disclosed that 75,958 vehicle number plates were produced in the quarter.
It also stated that Delta and FCT produced the highest number of vehicle plate numbers while Ekiti and Rivers produced the least numbers of vehicle plate numbers in the quarter.