'Deaths on roads rose last year'
Road accidents as well as causalities went up in 2017 than the previous year, leaving a total of 7,397 persons dead. According to the report of Jatri Kalyan Samity (Passengers' Welfare Association), death rate in road accident went high 22.2 percent in 2017 in comparison with that of previous year. Moreover, the road accident rate increased to 15.5percent while the injury rate increased 1.8 percent during the period. The association organized a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium to publish their annual report. Jatri Kalyan Samity Secretary General Mozzammel Haque Chowdhury read out the observations.
Media reports were used as the sources in preparing the annual news report. The estimated loss of road mishap, according to the report is, nearly 1.5 to 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. The organization report detects several reasons for the rise of road accidents.
Those are - reckless driving and risky overtaking tendencies, flaws in road design, allowing unfit vehicles to ply, careless attitude of the passengers and the pedestrians, use of mobile phone or headphone while driving, drug abuse and roads without footpaths or occupied walkways. Adviser of the former caretaker government Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, former PSC chairman Ikram Ahmed, journalist Abu Sayeed Khan, Buet Associate Professor Kazi Saifun Newaz, Humyun Kabir Biru and Md Harun-or-Rashid were present at the press conference.
Several recommendations were put forward at the conference to curb the road accident rate including mass conduct of awareness campaign, removal of haats and bazaars from the highways, making the footpaths occupation-free, training the drivers and modernizing the existing road transport system.