Fatal hesitation

Md Rezaul Karim By Md Rezaul Karim, 6th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is about the road accidents and safety of Bangladeshi transportation system.

Fatal hesitant policy brings fruit to the country

The procrastination to translate the directives of the government with regard to ensuring road safety into reality is simply a culpable act. Against the backdrop of frequent fatal road crashes, especially on highways across the country, an inter-ministerial meeting, held about a year ago, ordered different law enforcing agencies, alongside local administrations, not to allow any markets along highways, and to make highways off-limits to all kinds of unauthorized vehicles that include three wheelers like ‘nasimon’ and easy-bike. Moreover, the same orders have been repeated by an inter-ministerial meeting held on August 10. Following the Mirsarai tragedy on July 11 that claimed 40 school children’s lives, the cabinet committee on law and order on July 13 issued directives on stopping talking over mobile phone while driving. Besides, the advisory council of the national road transport in a meeting, held on July 24 with the communications minister in the chair, directed the law enforcing agencies to take tough measures like imposing fine and even seizing mobile phones if anyone was found using the device while driving. The meeting also issued orders for taking legal measures against the drivers of cars, jeeps and micro-buses for not fastening seat-belts. Above all, the prime minister herself, after the tragic deaths of two eminent personalities, along with three others, in a gruesome road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway on Saturday, has ordered the authorities concerned to take effective steps to ‘prevent fatal road accidents’. But, regrettably, all these appear to have fallen on deaf ears thus far.
While the deputy inspector general (highway) of police has reportedly tried to blame limited manpower and resources on their inaction, the shipping minister, who is a member of the advisory council mentioned above, has criticized the communications minister apparently for not being serious about monitoring the implementation of the decisions taken by the council. Pertinently, as he is quoted in the report to have commented, while the advisory council is supposed to sit every three months, its latest meeting has been held almost after one year. Overall, it appears that the reasons behind the foot-dragging of the law enforcers about enforcement of the directives of their political bosses, in fact lay in the indifference of the latter, for that matter the government as a whole towards ensuring road safety.
However, the government needs to realize that road crashes that claim around 4000 lives, injure 35,000, and cause financial losses of as much as Tk 5000 crore every year, have indeed become a deadly menace for the nation. Experts are in unison that overtaking, over-speed and overloading remain the major triggers, and there is hardly any room for foot-dragging about enforcement of relevant traffic rules, regarding reining in road accidents. That apart, it is constitutionally bound to ensure all sorts of safety to public life and property. Hence, it is imperative for the government to immediately wake up and makes all the authorities concerned active to make its commitment to ensuring road safety, not to mention take the latter to task for their inaction in question.


Road Accidents, Road Safety, Road Trips

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
I am a teacher engaged with the Southern University Bangladesh. I Like to use my spare time by writing and reading. I take it as a fun and source of inspiration in pursuing knowledge.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Feb 2012 (#)

I wonder when your Government will wake up to the problem. Maybe when one of their own is involved in an accident.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
11th Feb 2012 (#)

May be.. let's see....

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