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Bike crashes mounting

Reckless driving must stop

Published : 26 Aug 2020 09:46 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 08:58 PM

As motorcyclists are a vulnerable group of road-users, motorcycle accidents show an increasing trend across the country, taking away lives every day due to reckless driving.

Accident Research Institute (ARI) of BUETstatistics denote that bike accidents accounted for 33% of the total accidents in the country during this year’sEidholidays. In three days before and after Eid, a total of 62 people died in road accidents,and of these, 29 people were killed in motorcycle accidents.

In this regard, Mizanur Rahman, director of the Accident Research Center, considers that there is a direct link between the increase in motorcycles and the increase in the accident rate. Due to corona, a bulk number of people chose motorcycles instead of public transport.

He explains the matter as “Bikers must obey traffic guidelines and wear safety gears. I have a doubt regarding the standard of helmets our motorcyclists use. Bikers especially newbies are careless on speeding, and limiting speed for their safety will be effective.”

Earlier, a report by the Accident Research Institute of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology highlighted that motorcycles and three-wheelers soaring up fatal road accidents in recent years.

A passenger's welfare platform, Bangladesh JatriKalyanSamity, said that the number of deaths in road crashes during this year's Eid holiday rush increased even with a reduction in public transport operation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In the meantime, at least 242 people died in 201 accidents across the country over the 13 days of the Eid rush to travel home and come back to Dhaka. Albeit, at least 224 people were killed in 203 road crashes in 12 days of holiday rush in last year's Eid-ul-Azha.

Talking toThe Bangladesh Post mentioning psychological grounds behind the fateful accidents clinical psychologist Dr. Anisur Rahman emphasized that, “Youths in the capital prefer racing while plying over the road. They run a bike with a competitive mind which they got from playing racing video games.”

Looking at the patterns of bike accidents it can be believed that mental pressure, adventurism, and excitement of driving are more likely to cause motorcycle accidents, he added.