Unsafe roads and highways

Make all-out efforts to bring order on roads

Published : 24 Jan 2022 08:26 PM

It is startling to note that at least 7,809 people were killed and 9,039 were injured in 5,629 road accidents in 2021. As reported by this daily on Monday, Bangladedh Jatri Kalyan Samity has identified 16 reasons, including reckless speeding and dangerous overtaking, responsible for the increasing number of road accidents in the country. 

Almost every day we are bombarded with reports of horrendous road accidents, deaths and injuries. The expected road safety in the country is still a far cry as the procession of death on the country’s roads and highways is continuing unabated. Despite repeated assurances from the authorities to take strict action against reckless drivers accidents are continuing at an alarming rate.

The design and quality of the roads and 

highways must be improved and there 

should be mass awareness on traffic rules

The authorities concerned should take immediate measures to improve the current road safety issues, such as examining driver’s skill, discouraging reckless driving, improving the traffic police control system and ensuring more cooperation between the workers and owners.

Too 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. It is  time that authorities take stern actions against reckless driving. Also unskilled drivers of vehicles, most often not having a legal licence, should be identified and punished. 

We hope that the relevent authorities will take more severe steps in ensuring punishment of the drivers who do not follow the traffic rules. Measures should be taken to train up unskilled drivers on a regular basis. Last but not least, in order to ensure road safety for all, the design and quality of the roads and highways must be improved and there should be mass awareness on traffic rules.