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Traffic rules

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There has been much reporting in the media to educate us about traffic regulations. In my personal opinion, as citizens we are not ignorant about rules but we have a tendency to violate them. This is a typical Bangladeshi behavioural pattern. If you are out in the road, overtaking is the most common thing and perhaps it has become a norm. I have noticed that educated people break the rules. I have frequently seen a whole family riding in a motorbike driven by the father, with mother behind and two little children riders. This is really hazardous.

It is a blessing that we are going for reform in all the spheres of our life which is essential. We need change to develop ourselves, for awareness, accountability etc. It is about time that we start to exhibit some civic sense and refrain from being selfish and egoistical. The traffic police should come forward to play a credible role in “educating people” and imposing fines for violating rules. A substantial amount of revenue can be generated if fines are imposed on road law breakers.

Can we not start using our media to create awareness among the citizens to follow traffic rules? I recollect that a few decades ago television was used for awareness programmes on all such matters. We seemed to have discarded this practice. With more and more channels in business, BRTA should be utilising donors' fund for such awareness programmes. The channels should repeatedly telecast these programmes. With repetitive audio-visual stimulus it is bound to be embedded subconsciously in our mind. The programmes will work like Pavlov's theory of behavioural conditioning. It is evident that such a tool will be highly effective and rewarding for the traffic and the citizens.

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