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Ensuring road safety should be government's prime task

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IT'S a pathetic story of a US expatriate who had waited for long 24 years to meet his parents met tragic end of his life on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Brahmanbaria on Thursday when a stone-laden truck coming from the opposite direction collided with his microbus. The death of Ruhul Amin, 38, before meeting his family members has exposed again the poor road safety condition in Bangladesh. We've no such words to express our sorrow for the unfortunate and untimely death of the ill-fated US expatriate. Sources said at least 7,855 people were killed and 13,330 others injured in 5,516 road accidents in 2019. The death toll from road crashes in the last year increased 8.07 per cent than that of 2018. The number of death in road accidents is not merely some numbers - rather it causes death of thousand love stories, loss of the thousand potentials and plight of thousand families.
Victim Ruhul Amin was a US Green Card holder who went to the country as a boy and lived there for the last 24 years. Awaiting his return, his parents rented a microbus to pick him from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. The accident not only killed Ruhul but also injured severely five others. Police said the microbus driver was sleepy and tired when he collided with the truck. Reckless driving and risky overtaking on dilapidated roads is nothing new in our country. The unskilled drivers mostly drive unfit vehicles using mobile or headphone while running vehicles. Sometimes they sleep on the driving seat with the influence of liquor or other intoxicating drugs. As close men of the government get a huge amount of extortion money from this sector in a regular basis, so no tough action is taken against the lawbreakers.
The government is too shaky to go tough against the lawbreakers for its mere political interest, and it is the main reason for the failure to bring discipline in this sector.

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