No fewer than 3, 743 people died in road accidents in the last nine months, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
This NBS Road Transport Data for first, second and third quarters of the year showed that 1, 466 people died in the first quarter, 1, 207 in the second quarter and 1,070 in the third quarter.
The scene of one of the accidents.
The data, however, indicated that the number of deaths through road accidents had gradually reduced.
The report showed that a total of 7,537 road accidents occurred in the period.
A breakdown of the report showed the first quarter data reflected that 2,556 road accidents occurred during the period while the second quarter data reflected that 2,503 occurred in the period.
According to the report, a total of 2,478 road accidents occurred in the third quarter.
It, however, attributed the major cause of accidents to speed violation, loss of control, and dangerous driving.
Meanwhile, data available showed that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded the highest number of road accidents in the second quarter, followed by Kaduna and Niger States, while Borno and Bayelsa recorded the lowest number of accidents.
The bureau put the estimate of the number of vehicles in the country in the second quarter at 11.51 million for the country’s population of 193.40 million at the end of 2016.
According to the data, a total of 218,060 national drivers’ licences were produced in the second quarter.
It stated that Lagos State and the FCT produced the highest number of licences, while Zamfara and Kebbi States produced the lowest numbers
For the third quarter, the report said that Lagos and the FCT also produced the highest number of driver’s licenses, while Zamfara and Kebbi produced the least number of national driver’s licence.
Similarly, it stated that 75,958 vehicle number plates were produced in the third quarter.
It also stated that Delta and the FCT produced the highest number of vehicle plate numbers, while Ekiti and Riverss produced the least numbers of vehicle plate numbers in the quarter.