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6-month jail for jaywalking

Update : 22 Nov 2014, 08:06 AM

The authorities have decided to take strict punitive measures, including six-month jail, against the pedestrians for crossing busy roads without using footbridge or underpass.

A special mobile court is set to conduct the drive against the jaywalkers from Tuesday, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Benazir Ahmed made the announcement on Saturday.

He said: “A special mobile court will start its operation to stop the pedestrians crossing busy roads without using footbridges and underpasses from Farmgate to Ruposhi Bangla Hotel. The violators will get six-month jail and they also have to pay Tk200 as fine.”

“But before starting the drive, Dhaka Metropolitan Police [DMP] will start a three-day campaign in the city, beginning from Saturday.”

He also urged the city dwellers to extend their support to the authorities in a bid to reduce life risk and traffic mismanagement.

There are over 40 footbridges and three underpasses in the capital. But, almost all of them remain devoid of pedestrians as most of the foot-over-bridges in the capital have been grabbed by hawkers with their makeshift shops, creating hassle for the commuters. 

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