There had been such a big accident (Airport Road crash) and a movement! Even then, we see no awareness among people, says the prime minister
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressing regret, has said that awareness is yet to be created among people about road safety even after the recent student movement over the issue.
Speaking in the parliament Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said people are to be conscious about road safety even after the recent student movement over the issue, reports UNB.
"There had been such a big accident (Airport Road crash) and a movement! Even then, we see no awareness among people. They're crossing roads chaotically," she said while replying to a supplementary question from opposition MP Noor-E-Hasna Lily Chowdhury (Women Seat-44).
The Prime Minister was surprised over the people’s peculiar mind-set. “They start crossing roads before speedy vehicles just raising their hands though a running bus cannot stop abruptly all the time.”
Criticising jaywalkers, she said even parents along with their minor children cross roads before many moving vehicles. "Although a footbridge or an underpass is nearby, young pedestrians instead of using it, cross the roads risking their lives. They just run before speedy buses, which causes accident."
Passers-by do not want to wait even for a minute before crossing the road or do not use footbridges or underpasses, she said.
“It needs to consider how much fault is on the part of pedestrians and how much on a driver in case of an accident.”
Sheikh Hasina said if any accident takes place, people tend to beat the driver instead of helping the victims. "To save his life, the driver speeds away running over the injured in many cases," she grieved.
"If people stop beating the driver in case of any accident, the number of accidents (casualties) will come down by 50 percent," she said.
“No one should take the law into their own hands; rather the driver should be handed over to police. "I think all should abide by traffic rules on roads," she expected.
The government has taken various measures, including marking Zebra-crossings, deploying traffic police and volunteers in front of schools and construction of underpasses and footbridges, to ensure road safety,the Prime Minister said.