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More than mere statistics

  • Published at 01:08 am June 19th, 2018
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How many more innocent men, women, and children must die?

How many more lives must be lost to recklessness on the road? 

Nine people were killed on Sunday when a pickup truck was hit by a passenger bus in Nilphamari’s Syedpur upazila.

What is worse -- passengers on the pickup were on their way to a picnic for Eid festivities. 

This is the sort of tragedy that has become all too common in Bangladesh, as lives lost become just another statistic in the increasing number of deaths caused by road accidents.

Only last week, nine people were killed in six separate road accidents on the same day, while eight were killed only a few days previously. 

Bodies have been piling up on the roads and highways of our country, with little to no progress being made to address the problem.

When it comes to the incessantly chaotic nature of our traffic “ecosystem,” we cannot afford to mince our words: We need a complete overhaul, and we need it posthaste. 

Rampant corruption within law enforcement, coupled with impunity for breaking traffic laws, has rendered our roads veritable death traps. 

It is high time that we, as a nation, decided this death toll was unacceptable.

How many more innocent men, women, and children must die before the government decides that reckless driving is unacceptable and must be punished to the full extent of the law?

The strict implementation of traffic laws and the raising social awareness are essential moving forward. 

What developing nation would allow the meaningless deaths of so many people without taking action?