Don’t take law in own hand in road accidents: PM

Don’t take law in own hand in road accidents: PM



DHAKA, Jan 12, 2022 (BSS) –


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked all 
concerned not to take law in own hands after road accidents, calling for 
maintaining traffic rules to check the road mishaps. 

   “Don’t take law in hand. Accident is an accident. It can be found out 
later who is responsible for that,” she said while opening the four uplift 
schemes, joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here this 

  The law enforcing agencies would look into the matter and find out who is 
responsible for the mishap and take necessary legal action, she said.

   Referring to the incidents of lynching drivers to death in different times 
by pedestrians, the premier said getting fear of being lynched, the drivers 
try to flee the scene by rough driving after ramming into a person, resulting 
in his tragic death.

   “I call upon all to give time to find out why the accident occurred, what 
reason was behind it and who was responsible for that,” she said.

   The prime minister asked the pedestrians not to cross the road or railway 
tracks talking over mobile phone or to pass the road hurriedly.

  She also urged all to maintain traffic rules including use of foot over 
bridges and underpasses while crossing the roads.

   Among the development schemes under the Roads and Highways Division, a 
pedestrian underpass was constructed on Dhaka-Airport Highway as part of the 
prime minister’s pledge following the deaths of two school students in a road 
accident near Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College on July 29 in 

   Sheikh Hasina asked the education ministry to issue an order for 
authorities concerned of all schools to develop a safe and secured system in 
helping their children cross the road by their own men during their opening 
and closing times.

  The prime minister also stressed the need for educating students about the 
traffic rules and necessity of maintaining the rules from the primary level 
of education.

   The newly constructed uplift projects which were opened by the premier 
today are: the pedestrian underpass adjoining Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment 
School and College on Dhaka-Airport Highway, Sylhet Town Bypass-Garrison Link 
4 Highway, Balukhali (Cox’s Bazar) – Ghundhum (Bandarban) Boundary Link Road, 
a 500 metre bridge on the Chengi river at Naniarchar in Rangamati district.

  The country’s first box pushing underpass with having lift and moving 
staircases was built at a cost of Tk 57.43 crore while Sylhet Town Bypass-
Garrison Link 4 Highway at Tk 274 crore, Balukhali (Cox’s Bazar) – Ghundhum 
(Bandarban) Boundary Link Road at Tk 78.85 crore, the 500 metre bridge on the 
Chengi river at Naniarchar in Rangamati district, the largest bridge in the 
Chattogram Hill Tracks area, at Tk 227.61 crore

  Bangladesh Army’s 24 and 34 engineering construction brigade supervised the 
development schemes

   After inaugurating the projects, Sheikh Hasina said, “With opening the 
four development schemes, we are marching ahead to implement our pledges to 
the grassroots people to turn Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous 
country as envisioned by the Father of the Nation”. 

   She added that the development schemes would pave the way of boosting 
trade and business and make people’s communication easy alongside 
contributing to decrease the nagging traffic snarl and road accidents. 

   Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Foreign Minister Dr AK 
Abdul Momen, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, local public representatives, 
high civil and military officials were connected to the programmes from the 
respective sites.

   Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed spoke on the occasion 
while PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus moderated it.

   Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Md. Nazrul Islam gave a 
brief description about the four development projects while Engineer-in-chief 
of Bangladesh Army Major General Ibne Fazal Shayekhuzzaman also spoke.

Sheikh Hasina asked all concerned to strictly follow the rules in issuing 
driving licenses, stressing the need for imparting necessary training to the 
drivers to enhance their efficiency.

  The use of motor vehicles is on the rise, she said, adding that there is a 
lack of skilled drivers in the country for which the government has taken 
initiatives to train up fresh drivers up to Upazila level

  However, she asked the drivers not to hand over the steering of the 
vehicles to their helpers who have no competency to drive heavy vehicles, 
saying, “It’s a crime.”

  The prime minister said that her government has been constructing rest 
houses for the drivers of long-distance vehicles on different highways and 
two rest houses have already been constructed in Cumilla and Sirajganj. 

  She came up with the opinion that if the pedestrians and drivers remain 
cautious on the roads and maintain traffic rules, the number of accidents 
would largely decline. 

Sheikh Hasina said that her government has been working tirelessly to keep 
the road and highways safe and free from traffic congestion.

  To reduce the road accidents, she said they have taken protective measures 
in all 209 black spots or accident-prone areas on roads and highways listed 
by the government during 2010-12 across the country.

  Later, the 252 black spots were identified on national and regional 
highways, she said, adding that protective steps have been taken in 172 spots 
while measures are being adopted in the rest 80 others.