The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Concern over increasing traffic accidents in Afghanistan

Concerns over increasing traffic accidents have raised once again after 18 passengers including women and children lost their lives in separate traffic accidents on the Kabul–Jalalabad road this Sunday. According to media reports, 18 people were martyred and four others wounded in five road accidents that occurred on a single day this week on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway. Road Expert calls, Afghanistan roads is ‘road of death’. In the past 20 years, no proper work has been done to create a safe route for road traffic and minimize road accidents in the country. Road accident is the most unwanted thing to happen to both drivers and passengers, though they happen quite often on Afghanistan’s main roads. Although most drivers are quite well aware of the general rules and safety measures while driving, they are still neglecting and do not care about the rules and safety measures, which causes accidents and crashes on roads. To reduce traffic accidents on the country’s highways, the traffic department should deploy more traffic police along the highway to enforce traffic rules so that drivers follow all traffic rules. Besides, more mobile teams of traffic police should be deployed to patrol on the country’s main roads. Over speeding, distractions to the driver, red light jumping, avoiding safety gear like seat belts and helmets, non-adherence to lane driving and overtaking in a wrong manner are a range of most common behaviors of road drivers, which lead to traffic accidents. Most of Afghanistan’s highways and roads particularly the Kabul – Jalalabad road have recently witnessed increasing traffic accidents that have resulted in killing and wounding dozens of people including women and children. Traffic incidents have also increased on other highways and main roads connecting Kabul to the provinces. Most passengers traveling from Kabul to their home provinces say traffic accidents usually occur due to the recklessness of the drivers on the country’s main roads. According to passengers, most of the drivers do not have driving licenses and most others are using various drugs while driving, which most cause traffic incidents. Authorities are also admitting that traffic accidents have increased on the country’s main roads in recent weeks. Previously, for the reduction in traffic incidents on the Kabul-Jalalabad road, the Laghman police department had informed of the activation of the speed limit control system along the highway. Meanwhile, for the reduction in traffic accidents happening on the country’s main roads, the people are asking the government to also start construction work on second lanes of main roads including the Kabul – Jalalabad highway. The status of ground communications in Afghanistan is very inappropriate. Of the 21,000 kilometers of road built in Afghanistan, 7,000 kilometers of that paved road. These roads interconnected 24 provinces of the country. In the meantime, the destruction of infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, and the lack of road construction, is one of the major challenges facing the country’s transportation system. In addition, the lack of technical capacity and trained staff for road maintenance is another challenge facing the country. The lack of traffic police on the highways, the lack of traffic signs, and the low-lying roads are some of the main factors driving traffic accidents in Afghanistan. Each year, hundreds of people are killed and wounded due to traffic accidents in the country. Activation of the intelligent transportation system, creating a specific policy for standard roads and transportation routes, availability of funds to pursue programs and policies and providing scholarships in transportation sectors can be some solutions to prevent increasing traffic accidents in the future. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.