Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday underscored the need for concerted and planned initiatives to prevent traffic jam and road accidents, and bring discipline in the transport sector.
The minister also the general secretary of ruling Awami league expressed his firm resolve to ensure safe roads for the next generations, UNB reports.
He came up with the remarks at a discussion organised by the Roads Transport and Highway Division at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city, marking the National Safe Roads Day.
"The number of accidents has seen a decrease in the country but there's no chance to be self-complacent. Every life is valuable. We don't want that any life is lost in a road accident," said Quader.
He claimed that the number of accidents has decreased for widening the accident-prone spots on the highways and installing road dividers.
Urging all not to drive on the wrong side, the minister said general people will be respectful to the traffic law if the leading people of the society obey it.
He also called for including the rules and regulations of roads in textbook.
Monirul Islam, MP, Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Chairman Moshiur Rahman and Nirapad Sarak Chai Chairman Ilias Kanchan, among others, spoke at the programme.
According to a Road Transport and Bridge Ministry handout, 2,463 people lost their lives in 2,566 road accidents in 2016 while in 1,837 road accidents killed 1,794 people till August of the current year.
The country observed the 'National Safe Roads Day' for the first time aiming to create awareness on road safety among the people with the slogan- "We'll drive cautiously to return home safely."
Different government and non government organisations observed the day with various programmes.
Bangladesh Auto-rickshaw, Auto-tempo Transport Workers Federation (BAATWF) arranged a seminar at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the city.