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Nigeria sees a 24.23% surge in road crashes in Q4 2023, but fatalities fall 33.12%

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Thursday released data showing a increase in road traffic crashes during the fourth quarter of 2023.

According to the report, there were 2,717 incidents, marking a significant uptick of 24.23% from the preceding quarter (Q3), which recorded 2,187 crashes.

However, the data also reveals a substantial 33.12% decrease compared to Q4 2022 when 3,617 crashes were reported.

Serious Cases Take the Spotlight:Among the reported incidents, serious cases took precedence in Q4 2023, totaling 1,772.

Fatal cases followed with 687 reported, while minor cases accounted for 258. The quarter witnessed an increase across all three categories, with fatal cases rising by 29.13%, serious cases by 24.87%, and minor cases by 9.32% compared to the preceding quarter.

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Gender Disparities in Casualties:The data highlights gender disparities in road traffic casualties, with 83.45% (1,104) of the 1,323 persons killed being males, compared to 16.55% (219) females.

Similarly, 76.01% (6,929) of the 9,116 injured persons were males, while 23.99% (2,187) were females.

Vehicle Involvement and Regional Patterns:A total of 4,195 vehicles were involved in road traffic crashes in Q4 2023, representing a 24.44% increase from the previous quarter’s 3,371.

The North-Central region recorded the highest number of crashes with 905 incidents, followed by the South-West with 650, while the South-South reported the least with 141.

Casualties by Region:In terms of casualties, the North-Central also led with 3,152 reported, followed by the North-West with 2,550, while the South-South recorded the least with 412.

While the increase in road traffic crashes is a cause for concern, the significant decrease in fatalities compared to the previous year suggests potential improvements in safety measures or emergency response mechanisms.

Addressing the gender disparities and regional patterns will be crucial for implementing targeted strategies to mitigate road accidents and ensure the safety of commuters across the nation.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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