Road crashes claimed 487 lives in February alone

Steps to stop reckless driving a must

Published : 08 Mar 2023 08:44 PM

At least 487 people died and 712 were injured in 439 road crashes in February alone, according to a report of Road Safety Foundation.Road Safety Foundation prepared the report based on information from nine national dailies, seven online news portals and electronic media.Of the total deceased, 196 people died in 183 motorcycle accidents, which accounts for 40.24 percent of the total deaths in February, according to the report. Meanwhile, 108 pedestrians died in these accidents, which is about 22.17 percent of the total deaths.

Almost every day we are bombarded with reports of grisly road accidents, 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.

Transport owners should

 scrutinise the driving skill 

of the drivers before recruiting

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.

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 the driving skill of the drivers before recruiting. Last but not least, the government should take more severe steps in ensuring punishment of the drivers who do not follow the traffic rules.