Reckless driving and unregulated buses are still a problem in Dhaka city | Syed Zakir Hossain
The “no helmet, no fuel” campaign started in Rangpur on September 2 and quickly spread to other parts of the country, including the capital. Under the campaign, filling stations will not supply fuel to motorcycle riders who do not have a helmet with them | Syed Zakir Hossain
The protestors hoped for safer roads so no more lives would be lost en route | Syed Zakir Hossain
Motorcyclists are notorious for breaking traffic laws to get ahead | Syed Zakir Hossain
Students directed traffic during the road safety movement; they were remarkably good at disciplining vehicles and drivers. A month after the protest youths can still be seen directing traffic across Dhaka | Syed Zakir Hossain
Awareness or lack thereof about road safety is a major issue in Bangladesh | Syed Zakir Hossain
A total of 3,651 cases were filled for traffic violations in Dhaka on the first day of "Traffic Week", a week-long road-safety program launched shortly after the end of the protests. Traffic laws continue to be enforced | Syed Zakir Hossain
Aftermath of the road safety movement reflected on the traffic conditions of Dhaka
Incensed by the deaths of two high school students who were struck by a bus in Dhaka, a series of public protests advocating improved road safety were held from July 29 to August 8 across Bangladesh. The protests garnered widespread support from international organizations and high-profile figures.
Students held nationwide protests for safer roads – enforcing traffic laws, checking licences and papers, and forcing motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Cases were filed against thousands of drivers during and shortly after the protests.
Protesting students vacated the streets and returned to their classrooms due to panic and pressure from authorities of educational institutes. After the inevitable end of the protests, eventually the topic of road safety stopped trending on social media as well.
Over a month after the road safety movement, the state of traffic in Dhaka has not changed beyond recognition, but the authorities have taken initiative to improve the overall condition.