‘Strict law enforcement crucial to road safety’

3 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Administrative and police officials at a training session here unanimously observed that strict enforcement of traffic rules besides creating wide-ranging mass-awareness has become an urgent need to ensure road safety, reports BSS.

They mentioned that the country experiences over 5,000 road accidents in every year claiming over 4,000 lives and injuring many others. The total loss of properties in the accidents is estimated over Taka 5000 crore which is 2 percent of the country’s total GDP.

They were addressing the inaugural session of an eight-day training workshop styled “Citizens Duty for Road Safety” in the conference hall of divisional office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) in the city on Saturday.

The district administration organized the workshop with the main thrust of disseminating ideas relating to the existing traffic rules among drivers so that they can avert road accident.

Chaired by Deputy Commissioner SM Abdul Kader, the session was addressed, among others, by Additional District Magistrate Nasima Khatun, Superintendent of Police Md Shahidullah, Assistant Commissioner (Traffic) of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Anirban Chakravarty and BRTA Assistant Director Kamrul Islam.

The speakers mentioned that the drivers alone are not responsible for any accident but other reasons like frequent movement of the pedestrians is equally responsible.

They underlined the need for a strict enforcement of laws together with collective efforts of all to reduce road accidents significantly.

Enhancement of competence and awareness of the professional drivers and others concerned is very important to this end. Abdul Kader observed that road accidents could have reduced substantially if the authorities concerned had discharged duties properly while providing driving licenses and fitness certificates. He told the meeting that the government has launched training so that the drivers can get proper training round the year.

A step has also been taken to incorporate the issue of road accident and its causes and prevention ways in the course-curriculum besides other various programs to reduce the country’s road accidents by 50 percent within the next 15 years, he added.