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Road Accidents

Editorial

Road safety issues

THERE is no denying that serious problems and impediments to road safety both on the highways and the cities exist. We are informed that there are three separate committees involved in coming up with constructive steps which authorities need to implement to bring about an improvement in this area. Yet, year after year, nothing changes due to the fact that many of these committees fail to sit on a regular basis and their recommendations are simply ignored. We are appalled...

Road Accidents Too Frequent

Thanks to lax law enforcement

Thanks to lax law enforcement

Reckless driving and risky overtaking manoeuvres continue on the highways with impunity, thanks to lax enforcement of traffic rules, constantly putting users' lives at stake. Every year, several thousand lives are cut short in accidents on the roads and highways mainly due to these ill practices, but the authorities are doing little to check the menace. Road safety laws are there but not much effective due to lenient punishment for culprits and lengthy legal process. Monday's tragedy in Natore once again brought forth the issue, as at least 33 people perished when a speeding bus overtook a truck and collided head-on with another bus coming from the opposite direction on Bonpara-Hatikumrul...

30 die in Egypt bus crash

30 die in Egypt bus crash

At least thirty people died in a bus crash in southern Egypt early on Monday, security sources said. More than a dozen were also injured when two buses collided on a desert highway outside the town of Edfu, north of Aswan, the sources said. A third bus then smashed into the wreckage, the sources...

Please enforce traffic rules

A photo of a woman with a school-going child crossing the rail tracks ignoring the oncoming train and one of a man jumping over the road divider to cross the road rather than using the foot-over bridge in the vicinity, were printed in a newspaper a few days ago. Such type of photos portraying irresponsible and reckless road behaviour are printed quite regularly. The disturbing reality is that this type of road behaviour is not an isolated event. It is...

Editorial

Cutting casualties on roads

A recent report prepared jointly by Brac and PPRC has pinpointed several reasons for the deadly rise in road accidents all over the country, especially on highways. That we continue to allow unfit vehicles to be driven by drivers without licence or by fake-license holders, and fail to take proactive measures to bring to book those responsible for reckless driving that end up in horrendous accidents, which in turn kill and maim people, are primarily the reasons why there...

Cost of being on time

MANY of the accidents in our transportation sector could have been averted if people refrained from the mindset that they need to be on time even if they have to travel unsafely for that, and if they understood the cost of being on time by jeopardising their safety. Most of the accidents on our roads and highways occur because of speeding and recklessness. Just like speeding and driving recklessly, the cost of being on time by overloading is quite high...

Editorial

Underage drivers

ONE of the key reasons behind mounting road accidents in Bangladesh is that vehicles are often driven by inexperienced underage drivers. Devoid of any formal driving lessons, knowledge in traffic rules and aided by a corrupt licensing system, a huge number of juveniles take to the wheels -- only to make our roads more dangerous. The reason behind the increasing number of teenage males picking driving before they are matured is because the driving profession in Bangladesh was never...

13 more lives lost in road accidents

13 more lives lost in road accidents

Thirteen people were killed and several others injured in separate road accidents in three districts across the country yesterday. Of the deceased, six were killed in Moulvibazar, two in Habiganj and five in Chittagong, report our district correspondents. In Moulvibazar, six people were killed and 12 others injured in a three-vehicle pile-up on Dhaka-Sylhet highway...

Tragedy marks Eid holidays

Tragedy marks Eid holidays

At least 90 people were killed in road accidents and boat capsize across the country over the last four days. Of them, 68 died in road and river mishaps during the three-day Eid holiday between Monday and Wednesday. Yesterday, the first day after the Eid holiday, road accidents claimed 11 lives while three incidents of boat capsize took another 11 lives.  Over the last four days, more than 200 people were also injured in road crashes across the country.  About half of those killed in road accidents met their tragic ends when the buses carrying them lost control and fell in roadside water bodies, according to our district correspondents.   Last year, at least 52...

3,770 killed in road crashes in 6 months

At least 3,770 people have been killed in road accidents in the first half of the year, according to a report yesterday. A total of 10,278 people were injured, while 923 were maimed for life, it added. Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh prepared the report collecting data from eight national and local newspapers. The organisation presented their findings at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club. “Reckless driving, jaywalking, unfit vehicles, and talking over the phone while driving are the main reasons...

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