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

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday 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 on Wednesday morning.

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 2018.

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.