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The demand for safe roads must not be ignored

Onus lies on the traffic police to establish discipline on the roads
The demand for safe roads must not be ignored

A running bus has killed a student, Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, in the capital, triggering protests from hundreds of fellow students who came to streets Tuesday demanding justice and meeting of several demands including the one for safe roads. A student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), Abrar was run over by the bus at Pragati Sarani near Bashundhara by a bus belonging to one Suprovat Paribahan.

Most surprisingly, the student was killed on a zebra crossing near Jamuna Future Park. Killing of Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury on a zone that is privileged for pedestrians tells it all about what is going on here about traffic rules enforcement. A zebra crossing is a place, whether there is a signaling system for it or not—and in the capital there is no such signal—a vehicle would supposedly stop and let a pedestrian pass the crossing.

But if you have an experience of passing through the zebra crossing, you have probably noticed, your presence on the spot is hardly taken care of by the running vehicles. They are not found even in the mood of slowing their vehicles for a moment.

Now the question that arises is what is the use of having zebra crossings close to the intersections in the capital? It is a pity that one after another, accidents are taking place in the country, but eyes of the relevant authorities are not opening. They are failing to give the drivers the most vital thing for being on the road: discipline.

But these inept people get driving licenses from the licensing authorities for years. If discipline cannot be established on the roads, we will continue to have casualties. Following their protest on Tuesday, the students again came to the streets at several points in the capital and pressed for their demands. When students were protesting in the capital, a girl student was maimed by a bus triggering similar protest in Jashore.

The High Court also issued a rule urging the owner of Suprovat Paribahan to pay Tk 10 lakh to the family members of Abrar as compensation. While the rule of the court is very positive, the point here is roads have to be made safe for people and the onus of this responsibility squarely lies on traffic police to establish discipline on the roads.

 

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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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