Traffic discipline fortnight begins in Bangladesh

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A view of traffic on a street on the first day after a week-long nationwide transport blockade in Dhaka, November 26, 2006. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman

DHAKA (Xinhua) – Bangladesh has initiated a fortnightly traffic discipline programme here to stimulate community involvement in promoting road safety awareness, disseminating information about traffic rules and encouraging pedestrians to use foot over-bridges.

The programme, initiated by Dhaka Metropolitan Police was inaugurated by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday.

“We want to make people aware that life is more valuable than time. Safety is more important than going ahead of others,” he said.

He said the government has decided to involve students as volunteers in the fortnight traffic discipline programme to boost law enforcers’ efforts in establishing road disciplines.

Volunteers from Red Crescent, Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) and scouts will work with traffic police in Dhaka for two weeks to help people follow the traffic rules.

Four thousand people will be engaged in the fortnightly traffic awareness programme.

To control the traffic situation in Dhaka, 130 bus stoppages have been built which would be further improved by the city corporations.

In the wake of increasing road accidents in the country, various sections of the society had been demanding tighter enforcement of road traffic laws.

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