Road safety campaigner Ilias Kanchan on Thursday lamented that the pedestrians were most unruly on roads in recent times posing high risk of accidents.
Kanchan, also Nirapad Sarak Chai chairman, at a programme said that he would suggest that the authorities should enact harsher laws for traffic rules violators, the pedestrians in particular.
‘After the students protests the government have given some road safety directives,’ he said, adding, ‘it is a matter of great sorrow that at present, the pedestrians are most errant on roads.’
Nirapad Sarak Chai, an organisation campaigning for road safety, organised an orientation programme for the new members of the organisation at the National Press Club.
Kanchan urged the people to ask drivers for driving carefully and orderly.
He also lamented that pedestrians usually talked over phone during crossing roads and said that the rules should be made harsher for pedestrians repeating violation of rules.
Motorcyclists are very reckless as they cross level crossing violating signals, ride on footpaths and violate rules, he said.
The campaigner said that traffic accidents were manmade and preventable while people had to become aware of preventive measures to reduce the number of accidents.
‘Our leaders say that people have to be aware,’ he said, ‘You never say that how people will become aware.’
According to a report prepared by the organisation based on reports published in six national dailies, 5,600 people died in road accidents in 2017.
A Bangladesh Road Transport Authority report, based on police information, showed that 2,513 people died in road accidents in 2017.
The programme was attended by Nirapad Sarak Chai leaders and other representatives.
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