GAIBANDHA, Feb 22: Speakers at a function here today underscored the need for driving vehicles carefully to reduce road accidents to a great extent and save the loss of lives of the drivers, passengers and the passersby.
The road accidents are on the rise day by day; there is no alternative to raise awareness among the drivers of the vehicles to bring down the frequent road accidents, they opined.
The opinion came at a views-exchange meeting with the transport drivers on 'Creating much awareness to reduce road accidents' at the hallroom of Gaibandha Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in the town on Monday noon.
Gaibandha Zila Motor Malik and Sramik Oikya Parisahd arranged the meeting where Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashraful Islam addressed it as chief guest and president of GCCI Shajada Anwarul Quadir was present at the programme as special guest.
With Quazi Mokbul Hossain, president of district Motor Owners Association, in the chair, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by Traffic Inspector Raihan Ibn Rahman, General Secretary (GS) of the association Nazibul Amin Nannu, GS of district Truck, Tank Lorry and Covered Van Owners Association Moktadidur Rahman Mithu and Sramik Union President Abdul Karim.
The speakers also emphasised improving and widening the road, deployment of sufficient traffic police on the road and conducting road safety campaign to all to prevent road accidents.
Besides, the authorities should make the traffic laws stricter; they said adding that punishment should be ensured for those who disobey the traffic rules.
Ashraful Islam, in his speech, urged the drives to avoid overtaking tendency, keep the eyes open, drive with the hands in 9 and 3 o'clock position, and keep the vehicle's speed limit.
The SP also suggested the drivers to be alert about blind spots, wear seat belt, and keep the vehicle in good shape and not to use mobile phone and drink during the vehicle driving.
Over 100 drivers of trucks, tank lorries, covered van and passenger buses of the district took part in the meeting.