Motorbike riders are the top violators of traffic rules in the capital with bus and minibus drivers following them, Dhaka Metropolitan Police finds during a drive.
The Traffic Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) conducted the 19-day drive in the capital from January 15 to February 2.The aims of the drive were to know the ground situation, develop traffic management system based on that and better enforce traffic rules to ensure traffic discipline in the capital.
Volunteers of Bangla-desh Red Crescent Society, Bangladesh National Cadet Corps and Bangladesh Scouts assisted police in conducting the drive.
During the period, police lodged 1,12,558 cases against traffic rule violators and realised Tk 5,71,53,600 in fine from them.
Of the cases, 47,522 were filed against motorcyclists and 24,336 against bus and mini-bus drivers and their aides.
Police said motor bikers are most reluctant to follow traffic rules. Wherever they find any vacant space, they make way through it without caring for safety of passers-by or others.
They also drive their bikes desperately on pavements and along the wrong side of roads.On the other hand, drivers of buses and minibuses pick and drop passengers as per their will driving their vehicles desperately.
Police have lodged 835 cases against truck drivers, 3,126 against covered van drivers, 14,749 against CNG-run auto-rickshaws operators, 29 against taxi cab drivers, 11,192 against drivers of cars and jeeps, 2,768 against drivers of microbuses, 4,916 against drivers of pickups, 308 against drivers of human haulers, and 2,777 against drivers of other vehicles.
As many as 471 vehicles were dumped during the police drive. Traffic police have urged all to be respectful to traffic rule in a bid to build a safe road.