Unsafe roads and highways

Stricter law against reckless driving needed

Published : 08 Aug 2023 08:08 PM

A total 576 people were killed and 1,055 injured in 505 road accidents across the country in July, said a report of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity. Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity prepared the report analysing accident reports published in the country's national and regional dailies and online news portals.

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.

Protesters blocking roads and seeking the highest punishment of the perpetrators have become very common repercussions of any gruesome road accident. 

Unskilled drivers of vehicles, 

most often not having a

 legal licence, should be

 identified and punished

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.