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End reckless driving

  • Published at 05:45 pm October 19th, 2019

This is culturally endemic in certain parts of the capital

Ours is unfortunately a country where thousands of people die from reckless driving every year -- more than 25,000 people have lost their lives on the road over the last decade.

In such a context, one would expect the authorities to do everything in their power to prevent such occurrences in the future, especially when it is feasible to do so.

Tragically, that is not the case.

Most recently, 23-year-old Liyana Tripura Popy lost her life when a speeding car crashed into her rickshaw from behind. 

Such speeding cars are, unfortunately, not unusual.

Certain wider roads in Dhaka, such as Gulshan Avenue, oftentimes see youngsters racing their cars, with little to no regard of the risks involved. 

Who can forget when a 16-year-old boy posted a photo of a bottle of whiskey on a steering wheel in 2015, hours before he rammed his SUV into two rickshaws? 

This is culturally endemic in certain parts of the capital, and must be stopped. 

In no way can it be permitted for teenagers, intoxicated or not, to race on the streets of the city, endangering the life of its citizens with any kind of impunity; this practice must be stopped. 

We cannot continue to ignore this problem, and the authorities must come down hard on the dangerous practice of street racing, which is banned in all civilized nations. 

Young people, most of them barely out of their teen years, certainly cannot be allowed to treat the streets of Dhaka as their personal backyard, using wealth, status, and parental connections for legal protection.

Such impunity flies in the face of the law, fairness, and justice, and we implore law enforcement to ensure that all those found guilty are brought to book.