Safety from lawbreaking motorcyclists
A DETAILED write-up on motorcyclists was published by a local English-language daily on August 12. However, I wonder if any motorcyclist will read it. In my opinion, maybe less than 5 per cent of motorcyclists ever read an English-language daily. Possibly less than 20 per cent of the motorcyclists in Dhaka have wife and children.
I find that almost all motorcyclists, except when double or triple riding, violate most traffic rules at their whim. Their worst crime is riding motorcycles on footpaths despite a High Court ruling that it is only meant for pedestrians. They are least bothered about rules and regulations, routinely violating traffic lights, or traffic policemen’s manual signals for traffic control.
Over and above, they have the audacity to blow their horn at pedestrians on the footpath, asking them to move aside, so that they can drive their motorcycles at speed on the footpaths, spewing dark smoke polluting the air for all nearby pedestrians to breathe in.
Why do the authorities not take stern action in containing this lawlessness? Generally, we go by the axiom ‘might is right’ or, as the popular local saying goes, danda mere thanda. This is what they really deserve; hefty fines, or alternatively, jail for the day.
It will be a good and curative action if the government deploys the army along with military police to force them to follow traffic rules since they thrive on dangerous riding and total disregard for the safety of the passerby while they merrily drive on footpaths.
Such sustained disregard for traffic laws needs to be dealt with an iron hand. It is better late than never.
Are the authorities worried about losing potential votes? In that case, I would appeal to the literate voters to vote for the opposition, if they promise to eliminate the motorcycle menace, on coming to power.
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