From now on, the traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to observer traffic week every month, to encourage people to follow traffic rules and improve traffic discipline.
In line with the initiative, DMP is all set to observe a traffic week from today to March 23.
Improvement of traffic discipline in the capital is now visible due to strict implementation of traffic laws and continuous traffic disciplinary programmes, Additional Commissioner of DMP (Traffic) Mir Rezaul Alam told The Daily Star.
“In order to improve the situation, we have decided to observe traffic discipline week every month in a suitable timeframe,” he said.
Although members of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Rover Scout, BNCC, Bangladesh Girl Guides members and students of various schools and colleges were involved with traffic police in previous traffic discipline campaigns, this time police will not involve any volunteers with the activities.
“We will deploy additional police force from the Public Order Management (POM) instead of volunteers, as they are now busy with classes and exams,” he said, adding they will try to avoid including volunteers in the upcoming days unless necessary.
Many steps have already been taken by traffic department, including raising traffic awareness by publishing guidebooks and through megaphones at major points, awareness video displays, leaflets, posters, distribution, motivating pedestrians to use underpasses and crosswalks while crossing the road.
Due to ongoing development activities such as MRT, BRT and elevated expressway, some obstacles were there in the movement of traffic, said DMP officials.
However, they claimed that traffic discipline has improved in Dhaka city due to strict implementation of rules and traffic awareness programmes.