“Don't drive under influence; don't hit me”: Students on Anti-drug Day
In a campaign organized by Dhaka Ahsania Mission, the students have demanded not to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cause road accidents.
Students from various schools of Dhaka City took part in the last day of the week-long awareness campaign,"Avoid drugs and walk safely on the road" today (July 4) organized by the Road Safety Project implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Health Sector, said a press release.
The students called on drivers to be aware of the campaign by spreading the slogan -- "Don't drive under the influence of drugs; don't hit me in road accidents".
According to the statistics of the World Health Organization in 2013, a total of 1252071 people died in road accidents in the world. Of these, 39,625 died due to drug use and 1,08,151 died due to the use of alcohol.
Bangladesh is not lagging behind in road accidents due to the consumption of intoxicants. Especially at night, the drivers of long-route heavy vehicles drive under the influence of drugs and become victims of road accidents.
Other causes of road accidents include over-speeding, competition among drivers and reckless driving, daily contract driving, unlicensed drivers, lack of awareness among pedestrians, violating traffic laws, driving without fitness, not using standard helmets in motor vehicles, the inadequacy of seatbelts, lack of safe seats for children in vehicles, among others.
It is to be noted that Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been implementing anti-drug activities since 1990. The Health Sector-Road Safety Project organized the campaign through social media throughout the week as part of its anti-drug activities.