Nearly 31,000 road accidents across Nigeria between 2007 and 2009 have claimed over 17,000 lives, according to official statistics released by the Federal Road Safety Commission.

The accidents have also left another 73,000 injured during the same time period, according to AFP.

Major reasons cited for the country’s road crashes and fatalities include undisciplined, reckless driving, illiteracy, bad road networks and poor vehicle maintenance.

FRSC, the federal government road safety agency, now says it hopes to achieve a 50% reduction in road traffic fatality over last year’s figure of 5,690.