Editorial

Bike crashes mounting

Enforce laws strictly to keep the number of accidents in check


Bangladeshpost
Published : 27 Aug 2020 08:19 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 09:39 AM

There has been an alarming rise in the number of road accidents in Bangladesh in the last few years and it has turned into a national cause of concern. 

Everyday around eight persons die in road accidents, sometimes the numbers are even higher. But recently the number of motorcycle crashes has substantially increased and as a result, lives are being lost prematurely because of reckless riding.

A report published in this daily projected that bike accidents accounted for 33 percent of the total accidents in the country during this year’s Eid holidays.

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. Such staggering numbers present before us a worrying situation indeed. If these incidents keep repeating itself, this will not bode well for the countrymen.


Although traffic laws have been made stricter recently 

calling forth a number of amendments regarding increased 

fines and seizures of vehicles if rules are not properly followed, 

it seems that it has failed to achieve any visible outcome.


This can only be substantiated to the utter disregard and complete callousness of people riding motorcycles in a reckless manner. 

This calls for further stringing of traffic laws, but will that solve the problem though? Although traffic laws have been made stricter recently calling forth a number of amendments regarding increased fines and seizures of vehicles if rules are not properly followed, yet it seems that it has failed to achieve any visible outcome.

The report also went on to show that 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 the capital. Last year, the percentage was between 13 to 25 percent.

If things keep going on like this, conscious citizens can only wonder - if even stricter laws cannot prevent people from dooming themselves on the roads, then what could be the answer to this problem? One probable answer could be stricter law enforcement by the officials concerned with a view to curbing such accidents.