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Tragedy on highways

Road accidents occur in high numbers because many people ignore traffic principles and road signs and break signals with impunity
Tragedy on highways

As many as 47 people were killed in road accidents in different parts of the country during the three days of Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. However, last year during the same period 311 people died in traffic accidents.

The 47 deaths are by no means insignificant.  Accidents are bound to happen and it does happen throughout the world. Motorists seem to have no control over themselves and the vehicles they drive. Many have no regard for traffic rules and regulations. Speeding, breaking signals, overtaking from the wrong side are very common on our roads, particularly in the holiday seasons. In most of the cases, the driver escapes unpunished due to reasons known to all.

Road accidents occur in high numbers because citizens ignore traffic principles and road signs, break signals, recklessly perform wheelie on bikes, use mobile phones while driving, overtake from the wrong side, use drugs and wrongly park. Surprisingly, citizens take safety features as the least important thing when they buy cars. According to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), there are 2.2 million registered vehicles but only 1.5 million licensed drivers which means there are at least 7,00,000 unlicensed drivers. It is a reality that the BRTA, with its limited manpower and resources, cannot fix this problem at least in the near future. To have qualified drivers on the streets the authorities must tackle the issue of unlicensed drivers which is increasing by the day. In Bangladesh there is no system in place that records the number of accidents each driver has caused.  No matter the number of seminars we hold, no real change can be made until the root causes are addressed. Lack of enforcing law and impunity, in many respects inspire reckless driving. Another apparent reason is granting driving licenses illegally or without following the exact course of action.

 The traffic police department has a crucial role to play in identifying and holding accountable reckless driving, speeding and unstable or overloaded vehicles. The maintenance, repair and expansion of roads coupled with setting up dividers on national highways, cautioning signals for hazardous locations, disseminating information on driving and road safety to masses through media and exemplary punishment for violating traffic laws are some of the main areas that need to be worked on rigorously by the government.

  While travelling in public transports, passengers should protest and stop speeding and reckless driving by bus and taxi drivers. Road safety education to pedestrians, especially children, within the communities by community leaders is also a good way to promote road safety.

 

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