Our children need safer roads

Road accidents remain the primary cause of unnatural deaths when it comes to children.

As our capital city.

Dhaka has a host of recurring issues which need to be dealt with.

And road safety is high up on that list.

While discourse on road safety almost always takes a generalized approach.

When it comes to demographics.

It is time we started taking into account how children are perhaps the most vulnerable among us all.

When it comes to deaths from road accidents.

According to recent findings by the Road Safety Foundation.

At least 1,674 children (those who are up to 18 years old) have been killed in road accidents.

The past 28 months, and an average of two children have lost their lives every day.

With 649 killed in 2020, 734 in 2021, and 291 in the first four months of the current year.

These are startling revelations and further evidence of the extent of the damage.

That a lack of focus on road safety, on the part of our administration, can be.

While it is true that children should always be accompanied by adults out on the roads.

The reality of the situation is far more complicated.

There are too many destitute children out on the roads without guardians.

Who are left entirely vulnerable to deaths from road accidents, for example.

Which gives further credence to Bangladesh.

Shishu Adhikar Forum’s findings that road accidents remain the primary cause of unnatural deaths

When it comes to children in Bangladesh.

BSAF’s findings also state that most of the children who died were drivers or helpers of the vehicles

That crashed or were either riders or pillions on motorcycles.

Child labour is an abhorrent phenomenon in and of itself, but the practice of hiring children in jobs

That are so obviously fraught with danger must be put a stop to immediately.

These are startling revelations and further evidence of the extent of the damage that a lack of focus on road safety.

On the part of our administration can be.

While it is true that children should always be accompanied by adults out on the roads.

The reality of the situation is far more complicated.

There are too many destitute children out on the roads without guardians.

Who are left entirely vulnerable to deaths from road accidents, for example.

Which gives further credence to Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum’s (BSAF).

Findings that road accidents remain the primary cause of unnatural deaths.

When it comes to children in Bangladesh.

BSAF’s findings also state that most of the children.

Who died were drivers or helpers of the vehicles that crashed.

Or were either riders or pillions on motorcycles.

Child labour is an abhorrent phenomenon in and of itself.

But the practice of hiring children in jobs that are so obviously fraught with danger must be put a stop to immediately.

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