Nowadays, reckless driving and street accidents have become a very common scenario on the streets. At present people are getting more interested in vehicles and who don’t want the rush of driving a high-speed car or motorbike. The thrill extends when the driving takes place on empty streets. As much fun as it is to drive on full throttle, it also comes with a great deal of risks.
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and Eid-ul-Fitr, being the biggest National and Religious festival of the country. Almost 70% of the people residing in Dhaka are not locally from Dhaka, so when it comes to observing eid, in other words celebrating eid vacation, most of the people tend to go to their hometown or native district, which results in a less dense Dhaka city for a few days. During these days the roads of Dhaka are almost empty as very less number of vehicles are on the streets. So it’s a joy ride for Dhaka dwellers who stay in Dhaka and also own a vehicle as they take this opportunity and go out for drives, roam around the city with friend and family and visit places. Not everyday people get to live in these calm and serine atmosphere of Dhaka.
The problem starts while driving on empty roads. The drivers or owners have a tendency of speeding up while driving, as the roads are less crowded and who doesn’t want the feel of a speed rush while holding the steering? But very often people forget to take the safety measurements while driving, for instance, wearing a seatbelt. High-speed driving is not bad but if suddenly there is a need of holding the brakes immediately to avoid a certain crash, drivers move the position of the head of the vehicle which ends up them pulling their vehicles on the footpath or hit a pole or hit the pavement etc. And if someone doesn’t want to go off-road, then BAM… a straight one on one collision, which results in an accident. Even if a drivers pull on the brakes, sometimes the springs on the back act drastically on the full body of the car which results on disruptor of the car body. And hitting any people or the backside of another vehicle is a more common incident.
So what should be done to avoid such frequent or reparative accidents? Will the occasion of joy be turned into tears for some every year?
If we look closely, there are street signs on a number of streets in Dhaka where the speed limit is given, and for the roads inside Dhaka city, the speed is limited to 40 Kilometers in an hour. But very often people ignore these signs and occur unwanted accidents. People also have a tendency of not following the traffic lights and want to avoid the red signal at any cost, so whenever they start seeing the yellow light coming on, they speed up more to avoid the imminent red light which results in a direct crash with cars coming from other lanes.
If we start discussing why accidents occur than we can blabber all day but in the end, the most important factor which will come out, is the Human Error. There is no effective way to completely remove Human Error, so what can be done?
People need to start valuing their own lives and others. Maintaining traffic rules, following the signals, practicing proper driving method and all, are believed to be some prevention steps of avoiding street accidents. People while driving on empty roads should not be too much relaxed, rather should be watchful. Speeding up on Highway is one thing but when driving inside the city, this practice should be avoided. Drivers should slow down and at some point stop their vehicle for pedestrians using zebra crossing and so on.
Statistics show that more than 100 people lost their lives in street accidents in recent years, both drivers and people on roads. This is not a satisfactory nor a happy number when it comes to counting death tolls. Loss of a single life means the destruction of a family, emotions, and relationship.
But a positive wind of change in this dilemma is, a lot of people are thinking clearly now and a few groups and NGO are working in spreading knowledge and explaining the different aspects of street accidents. People are becoming conscious day by day and this is a positive sign as the number of street accidents and major causalities are decreasing. Hopefully, very soon the number will decrease to zero, or at least close to zero, and Eid will again be an occasion of joy only, not a remainder of heartbreak.Categories: Blog