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Road accidents & safety laws

March 28, 2013

THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Growing number of road accidents’ (March 24). I agree with the writer that road accidents have greatly increased and fatality rates have become a serious problem in the country. However, I would like to add some points.

Road accidents are usually caused by lack of awareness and consciousness about traffic rules. Moreover, human errors further aggravate the problem. It is, indeed, a matter of fear and dread.

Road accidents can be reduced by increasing police surveillance, imposing heavy fines in case of violation of rules, improving road infrastructure and local public transport like Metro Bus Service. Improved local public transport will surely reduce the number of vehicles on roads, resulting in reduction of road accidents.

Road-safety laws need to be comprehensive on key-risk factors like speeding, wearing seat belts/bike helmets and their enforcement should be strengthened in Pakistan.