Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told the parliament that awareness was yet to be created among people about road safety even after the recent student movement over the issue.
‘There had been such a big accident (Airport Road crash) and a movement! Even then, we see no awareness among people. They’re crossing the roads in such chaotic circumstances,’ she said in response to a supplementary question from opposition lawmaker Noor-E-Hasna Lily Chowdhury (women seat-44).
The prime minister said that people of the country had a peculiar mind-set as they would just raise their hands and start to cross roads in front of speedy vehicles although a moving bus would not be able to pull the brakes abruptly always.
Criticising jaywalkers, she said that even parents crossed the roads in front of moving vehicles with their minor children. ‘Although a footbridge or an underpass is nearby, young pedestrians don’t want to use them. They cross the roads by running in front of speedy buses which causes accidents.’
‘Passers-by do not want to wait even for a minute before crossing the road or do not use footbridges or underpasses,’ she said, adding that it needed to be considered how much at fault the pedestrians were and how much were the drivers in case of an accident.
Sheikh Hasina said that if an accident took place, people would take to beating the driver instead of helping the victims. ‘To save his life, the driver speeds away, running over the injured in many cases,’ she added.
‘If people stop beating the driver during an accident, the number of casualties will come down by 50 per cent,’ she said, adding that no one should take the law into his or her hands; rather the driver should be handed over to police. ‘I think we all should abide by traffic rules on the roads.’
The prime minister said that the government had taken various measures, including the marking of Zebracrossings, deploying of traffic police and volunteers in front of schools and construction of underpasses and footbridges, to ensure road safety.
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