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How many more must die?

  • Published at 12:41 am June 25th, 2018
  • Last updated at 07:33 am June 25th, 2018
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Photo: SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

The level of utter chaos on our streets has reached a breaking point

It is a matter of the utmost tragedy that, in Bangladesh, traffic accidents claim dozens of lives every day.

On Saturday alone, 37 people were killed and 123 injured in various traffic-related accidents across the country, with one single incident in Gaibandha claiming the lives of at least 18.

There is no discrimination when it comes to these accidents: They affect all of us, be we rich or poor, in a car, a bus, or a motorcycle.

The level of utter chaos on our streets, both within our cities and on our highways, has reached a breaking point, and it is high time that the government and civil society stepped up to put an end to this, once and for all.

A lack of accountability for traffic violations and corruption within our law enforcement agencies have ensured a culture which treats the loss of human life as nothing short of a joke.

While this continued impunity is responsible, and the police must do their jobs in ensuring that traffic laws are followed, drivers are to be blamed as well.  

How many more brutal accidents must we bear witness to before we, as a nation, grow a conscience? How many more innocent lives must be lost before we decide that the current state of our traffic is unacceptable?

The rising death toll is indicative of a much larger problem: Corruption is out of control and our motorists lack any sort of a moral compass.

But the government must take responsibility before people do. We need to start holding people accountable for the crimes they commit before this escalates any further. 

No more lives can be lost to such reckless negligence.

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