Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tame surge in road crashes

Editorial

Tame surge in road crashes

Road accidents continue to multiply on the roads and highways of Bangladesh. At least seven people, including three women, were killed, and 10 others injured, in a road accident on the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway in Chakoria upazila of the district yesterday.The accident occurred when a passenger bus and a three-wheeler, locally known as “leguna”, collided head-on at Baraitoli Natun Rastar Matha area on the highway at around 11:00am. Police and witnesses said the accident occurred when the leguna bound for Lohagara, carrying passengers, collided head-on with a Cox’s Bazar-bound Star Line Paribahan bus from Chittagong at a filling station near Baraitoli Natun Rasta.One person died on the spot while three succumbed to critical injuries at Chakoria upazila health complex and different private hospitals nearby. Three others died on the way to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).The seven dead and 10 injured were all passengers of the two vehicles and included children and women. They were first taken to Chakoria upazila health complex and later shifted to CMCH. Police had been trying very hard to stop the plying of legunas on highways, as per the order from the High Court, but one or two escaped the notice of on-duty police officials and get on the highways.Some legunas were also given route permit before the High Court passed this order. The police authorities have written to the roads and bridges ministry, asking for directives.The police are investigating how this leguna got on the highway and whether it had a route permit and registration papers. They will also investigate whether there was any negligence on the part of the police officials stationed in the area. The passengers were stuck inside the vehicles after the accident. Fire Brigade personnel rescued them and they were taken to hospital where doctors pronounced seven of them dead.Police seized the two vehicles involved in the accident and legal action was being taken in this regard. Legunas and motorcycles abound on the roads and highways of Bangladesh leading to many accidents and many fatalities when they entangle with motor vehicles and buses. Most cases were against bikers during the recently held traffic week .Most motor-cyclists do not obey traffic rules resulting in the rising number of accidents. It is easy to bring heavy vehicles or public transports under control but in the case of motor-cycles , it is a bit more difficult .In rural areas, motorcyclists driving without licenses is common practice leading to many accidents and deaths. There is an urgent need for training courses from BRTA for motorcyclists in order to help the motorcyclists develop their driving skills. If the government can make the training program mandatory for the issue of licenses , people will not buy motorcycles whenever they can.

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