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Deadly roads of Bangladesh

Deadly roads of Bangladesh

As the people are returning in large numbers from different parts of the country to the   capital accidents on deadly roads increase. Eleven people were killed and several others injured in separate road accidents across the country on Friday Among them, five were killed in Mymensingh, two in Tangail, one each in Rajbari, Kushtia, Netrokona and Feni.

We are yet to see any change in drivers' mindset and that is why they continue to drive recklessly and engage in risky overtaking. Authorities have not done enough to rectify faulty roads, and the BRTA, which is responsible for granting vehicle licences and overseeing fitness of vehicles, remains ineffective.

According to BRTA, there are 2.9 million registered motor vehicles, but only 1.9 million licensed drivers. That means 1 million untrained drivers are driving vehicles illegally, risking the lives of the passengers in the process.  Even trained drivers sometimes drive recklessly. While the drivers are on the road, it is a common sight to see them involve themselves in competition to overtake others vehicles, talking over the phone, taking drugs, talking to passengers or others. Instead of respecting traffic rules, they turn their heads the other way. Therefore, it is essential to train and bring drivers, especially bus and CNG drivers, under the law.   There is another important issue, one that we common people do not consider -- some drivers work continuously for longer hours than their stipulated schedules.

One must admit that there is a huge lack of awareness on roads and that it is not just on the part of drivers, but general people too. People do not have a good grasp of traffic laws, and those who do ignore them willfully. The end result of course is that the death toll keeps rising with each passing year. We need to do something about this and it requires a two-pronged approach. While technical problems of roads can be solved easily, changing mindsets requires a national campaign that will not fizzle out in a week or a month.

Implementation of laws, again, is not a stopgap measure by introducing “traffic week” or “traffic month”. Rather, it requires a change in mindset so that enforcement of the law takes place in every area.

 

 

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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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