No fewer than 1,306 Nigerians died in road accidents in the fourth quarter of 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed in its ‘Road Transport Data for Fourth Quarter 2017.
The fatalities were said to have been recorded in 2,489 road crashes which occurred in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Giving a breakdown of the accident statistics, the NBS said 1,200 of the 1,306 victims or 92 per cent of the figure were adults, while the remaining 106, representing eight per cent, were children.
Further analysis showed that 1,019 male or 78 per cent died, while 287 female, representing 22 per cent, died in road accidents during period.
It noted that 2,489 road crashes occurred in Q4 of 2017, adding that speed violation was the major cause of road crashes during the period.
According to the NBS, speed violation accounted for 45.08 per cent of the total road crashes reported just as loss of control and dangerous driving by motorists accounted for 10.08 per cent of crashes posted during the quarter.
A total of 7,349 Nigerians were also injured in the road accidents recorded in the period, adding that 6,855 of the 7,349 people injured, representing 93 per cent of the figure, were adults, while the remaining 494 Nigerians, representing seven per cent were children.
Also, 5,366 male or 73 per cent were injured during the quarter, while 1,983 female, representing 27 per cent were injured within the period.
Meanwhile, a total of 214,256 national drivers’ licences were produced in the fourth quarter of 2017, the NBS disclosed, adding that Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) produced the highest number of drivers’ licences, while Zamfara and Kebbi States produced the least numbers of national licences in the period.
In a related development, the NBS has revealed that residents of Ondo, Rivers and Bayelsa States paid the highest per drop fares to commercial motorcycles, popularly known as ‘Okada’, in January.
The NBS made the disclosure in its “Transport Fare Watch” report for January 2018, which it posted on its website.