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Road Accidents

Road crashes kill 5

Five people were killed in road accidents in Bhola, Jessore, Brahmanbaria, Sirajganj and Thakurgaon on Friday and yesterday. Our Bhola correspondent reports, motorcyclist Foyej Sikder, 21, was killed as his bike hit a roadside tree near Mirza Bazar in Borhanuddin upazila yesterday. Our Benapole correspondent reports, Rejoana Khatun, 5, daughter of Jabber Morol, died as a human hauler hit her in front of her Goga Bazar residence in Sharsha upazila of Jessore yesterday. Our Brahmanbaria correspondent reports, Delwar Hossain Ripon Mia, 36,...

Editorial

Punishment for fatal reckless driving

WE felicitate the High Court for reinstating the seven-year imprisonment term for reckless driving by striking out the nearly three-decade old amendments to the CrPC and the Penal Code. Those amendments had commuted the maximum punishment from seven to three years during Ershad era. Thus, the raising of the jail term from 3 to 7 years is an improvement from a retrograde measure but it does not go far enough. And as if to emphasise the point the court itself...

Purging Unfit Vehicles

Obaidul claims road crash curb during drive

Road accidents in the country have decreased since a mobile court drive was launched a week ago as in those seven days only 13 accidents occurred across the country, Road Transportation and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told the parliament yesterday. “On an average, 13 accidents occur daily, but since the drive, 13 accidents occurred over seven days,” Quader said replying to lawmakers' queries. The minister also said the ongoing surprise mobile court drive against unfit vehicles and fake driving licence holders...

See no unfit vehicle!

See no unfit vehicle!

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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...

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