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Students losing their lives due to mismanagement of road traffic law

Visible progress in road safety is already being observed in many countries. But Bangladesh has not made any proper plan to achieve this goal. Road safety experts say the plans to reduce road accidents were conventional.
Subrina Obaid Anika
Students losing their lives due to mismanagement of road traffic law

There has been an alarming rise in road accidents, significantly traffic accidents, highway accidents, in Bangladesh over the past few years. According to the report of the World Health Organization, 21 thousand 316 people lost their lives in road accidents in Bangladesh in 2015.

According to the Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association, 6,642 people were killed and 21,755 injured in 6,561 road accidents in 2015. In 2016, 6,055 people were killed and 15,914 injured in 4,312 road accidents. In 2016, 7,397 people were killed and 16,193 injured in 4,989 road accidents.

In 2020, 6,006 people were killed in 4,791 road accidents during the year-long curfew due to corona infection .Of these, 608 were students and 541 were children, which accounted for about 19 percent of the total deaths. It is seen that 43 thousand 756 people were killed and 91 thousand 356 people were injured in 31 thousand 693 road accidents in the last 8 years.

Even in 2021, the number of road accidents has been increasing rapidly in the last few months. School-college-university students are most the most victims.

Recently, two such incidents had taken place in the capital.

Naeem Hasan, a second year high school student of Notre Dame College at Gulistan corner of the capital, was hit by a garbage truck of Dhaka City Corporation South. And within four days after the incident, Mainuddin Islam, an SSC examinee of Spot Dead Ekramunnesa School, was hit by an Anabil bus at Rampura Bazar in the capital on Monday.

These horrible and unpleasant accidents cannot be tolerated in any way. One accident after another has been caused by reckless drivers; this will not stop until those responsible are brought under exemplary punishment. Do we not get rid of it? People will be held hostage by reckless drivers? Despite many writings, processions, meetings, seminars, highway blockades, demonstrations, recommendations, the number of deaths on the highways is not decreasing, but increasing many times over.

Various initiatives are being taken and implemented to reduce road accidents in countries around the world centering on the road safety decade. As a result, visible progress in road safety is already being observed in many countries. But Bangladesh has not made any proper plan to achieve this goal. Road safety experts say the plans to reduce road accidents were conventional. There is no exact explanation of what has been achieved and what has not been achieved or what needs to be achieved.

In the developed world, road accident prevention plans and decisions are very specific. But in Bangladesh the plans and their implementation are done kindly. How many accidents and deaths will be reduced in how many years, how it will be achieved, who will make it successful — all these need to be clarified. It is not fair to expect that the number of accidents will be reduced if you keep a plan or spark new words every day or give leaflets in the street. Weak law enforcement, chaos in traffic, reckless attitude of drivers and owners are making this sector insecure day by day.

We demand that the election promise of the present government to ensure safe roads be implemented on an urgent basis. Besides, the budget for road safety programmes should be increased, public awareness should be created through research, meetings, seminars, publicity campaigns and extortion on roads should be stopped. The regulatory body BRTA and the traffic department need to stop irregularities and corruption. Getting a driver's license will take years off. It is important to ensure transparency and accountability of government agencies by curbing corruption in road construction and maintenance.

The writer is a student of Bangla, Jagannath University.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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