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4 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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No let-up in road accidents

Seven people, including a minor, were killed and at least 20 others injured in a road accident as a bus rammed a truck in Betgram area on Dhaka-Khulna Highway in Gopalganj on Friday night. It is worrying to note that road accidents are occurring in the country with a disturbing regularity. As a matter of fact, road accident has become a formidable national problem. Hardly a day passes without a road accident. At least 21,000 lives are lost and thousands of people are injured on roads every year, according to the latest report of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Plying of unfit buses, overloading of buses, unskilled drivers in the steering wheels, reckless driving, violation of traffic rules and pitiable conditions of roads and highways are some of the reasons behind the road accidents in the country. It is unfortunate to note that the relevant authorities conduct fitness test of vehicles annually but do not care to examine the fitness of drivers on a regular basis. Taking advantage of it scores of jobless youths undergo   nominal training in driving from different organisations for a short duration and start driving vehicles. It is not difficult to get licenses as ‘speed money’ helps the novice drivers. All these are occurring under the nose of the members of the law enforcement agencies, particularly the highway police.

Where is the mechanism to see that unqualified people do not get license to drive? No less guilty are some owners who make their drivers work inordinately long hours without adequate rest so that more trips and more money could be made during that brief period? Merely putting the blame on the drivers does not absolve ones responsibility of ensuring road safety. Apart from making the system of issuing license foolproof, a system that has been corrupted, the authorities must invest in highway patrol and CCTV at nodal points to exercise constant vigilance.

Though it is difficult to stop road accidents totally, it is possible to reduce them. The authorities concerned should find out the causes of road accidents and act accordingly. There are some dangerous turns where road mishaps usually occur. Drivers cannot control vehicles on those turns and accidents take place. Alertness by drivers can avert many an accident.

Concerted and coordinated efforts of all can help minimize road accidents. The drivers of buses and other vehicles should undergo adequate training for gaining skills to avert accidents. The errant drivers should be brought under discipline. There is no alternative to improving road safety in the greater national interest.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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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