408 killed in 491 road accidents in May

Necessary steps should be taken to stop reckless driving

Published : 09 Jun 2023 08:20 PM

It is startling to note that a total of 408 people were killed in 491 road accidents across the country in May, said a report by Road Safety Foundation (RSF). The accidents also left 631 people injured, said the RSF report prepared based on data from 9 national dailies, 7 online news portals and electronic media.

Almost every day we are bombarded with reports of grisly road mishaps, deaths and injuries. Though too many lives are being lost on roads every day, the reasons for the accidents are not being investigated with due importance. Every time the gravity of road safety issues gets intensified when any student dies of road accident.

Protesters blocking roads and seeking the highest punishment of the perpetrators have become very common repercussions of any gruesome road accident.After every incident of road crash we hear pledges of taking effective measures from the authorities concerned but the issue falls into oblivion within a few days which is why the procession of deaths on the roads never stops.

The government should take more 

stringent steps to ensure punishment 

to the drivers who do not follow the 

traffic rules

In order to ensure road safety for all, the design and quality of the roads and highways must be improved; unfit vehicles should not be allowed on the roads and there should be mass awareness on traffic rules. So many lives are being lost on our roads every day, and it’s time the government put all-out efforts to bring some order on the road. We must take stern actions against reckless driving. Also, unskilled drivers of vehicles, most often not having a legal licence, should be identified and punished. 

We should devise immediate measures to improve the current road safety issues, such as examining driver’s skill and vehicle fitness, discouraging reckless driving, improving the traffic police control system and ensuring more cooperation between the drivers and owners. 

Also, transport owners should scrutinise driving skill of the drivers before recruiting. Last but not the least, the government should take more severe steps in ensuring punishment to the drivers who do not follow thetraffic rules.