Murder on the roads continue, sadly | 2019-03-20 |

Murder on the roads continue, sadly

20 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The annual fatality rate due to road accidents or murders by vehicle owners or drivers has reached alarming proportions. One cannot just ignore such accidents, which we call “cold blooded murder” and only reconfirms that despite enacting new laws, breaking traffic rules has returned even more ferociously.

Once again we are writing this editorial after the killing of a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals in capital Dhaka on a Zebra Crossing.

Interestingly, the accident took place during the ongoing police traffic week which is a shame.

Agitated fellow students and residents of the area took to the streets blocking a major road. Two of their friends were similarly murdered on the city's Airport Road last year, embarrassing the authorities. Everyone, irrespective of their profession, gave their full backing to the protesting then and now.

Discussions took place, suggestions were made and the authorities pledged to take action to end the widespread irregularities in the transport sector. Can we be happy with the results ? 

As road accidents have become rampant, we can conclude that there is something awfully wrong in the whole system of traffic management on the roads and highways of the country. Quantifiable scientific studies conducted by various institutions have revealed that most of these accidents are avoidable and thus we can label them as “Murder.”

Experts have repeatedly said defective vehicles, inexperienced or drug addict men on the wheels are to be mainly blamed for such murders. Getting away by giving bribe to police is the most important reason why people are killed on the roads. This must stop now.

Soft penalty for defaulters have turned the highways into death traps. Deaths, injuries and disabilities appear to have had little impact on those concerned.

It is essential to ensure that only trained drivers take the wheels and follow traffic rules to end these mindless murders. As a first step, unfit vehicles must be stopped form operating.

We want tougher laws and 100 percent implementation of the laws and expert opinions to end this menace.