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12 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 June, 2019 12:41:24 AM
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Road accident deaths continue

It is worrying to note that accidents are occurring on the roads and highways of the country with a disturbing regularity of late. Hardly a day passes without a road accident. A total of 142 people were killed and 324 others injured in 95 road accidents across the country during Eid journeys over the last 11 days till Sunday, making it clear that bus journeys in the country are far more dangerous than it is anticipated.

There is no denying the fact that transport management on roads and waterways was comparatively better during this Eid than a few years ago.  Almost all the highways were free from gridlocks while there were enough launches in Dhaka to carry homebound people to coastal areas. Despite all this, why so many deaths? National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) identified six vital reasons for accidents during the Eid holidays.

The reasons include speedy driving to recoup time lost in several ferry ghats and toll stations, reckless driving on free roads, negligence by traffic policemen, drivers' absent mindedness, physical and mental unfitness of drivers for making extra trips, tendency to violate traffic rules while overtaking and free movement of three-wheeled vehicles and motorbikes on highways and inter-district roads.

The relevant authorities should examine the reasons and take remedial measures. Over the past few years many recommendations aimed at reducing road accidents remained unimplemented. Many sleep-deprived drivers are seen at the steering wheels. This is another cause of accident.  The long hours during which the drivers have to be at the steering wheel without any relief or rest are another reason behind road accidents. The job tax on their nerves and hamper their ability to concentrate on the road. Through changing drivers after three to four hours of driving on the highways accidents can be prevented.   

The anarchic situation prevalent in the transport sector in the country must be reined in. The relatives of the dead due to the road accidents must be adequately compensated and the injured should be treated properly. The process of issuing driving license must be made foolproof to ensure that only the properly skilled drivers can have it.

 

 

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