The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Concern over increasing traffic accidents on Afghanistan main roads

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. Over speeding, drunken driving, distractions to driver, red light jumping, avoiding safety gear like seat belts and helmets and non-adherence to lane driving and overtaking in a wrong manner are a range of most common behavior of road drivers, which leads 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 injuring dozens of people. A number of passengers in their interviews with The Kabul Times correspondent asked for deploying traffic police along the highway to enforce traffic rules so that drivers follow all traffic rules and help reduce traffic incidents. “There should be a mobile team of traffic police to patrol on Kabul – Jalalabad road. Traffic incidents have recently increased as a team of the country’s cadres lost their lives days back due to the recklessness of the driver on this road,” said Naqibullah, a passenger. According to Naqibullah, most of the drivers do not have a driving license and most others are using various drugs while driving, which most cause traffic incidents. Local people mostly passengers have different ideas and requests. Some of them are asking the Islamic Emirate to prevent from the traffic of heavy trucks during daylong so that small cars and buses carrying passengers from province to province could easily traffic on highways. Some others suggest that check posts should be installed on highways to control the traffic of vehicles, address traffic incidents when needed and check passengers’ cars. Passengers also asked the traffic department for putting traffic signs as they inform drivers about road conditions, potential dangers and speed limits, adding that the traffic department should regularly check drivers’ driving licenses. “Drivers do not care about traffic rules; therefore, traffic incidents have recently increased on main roads in Afghanistan,” said Jalal Ahmadzai, a passenger going to Jalalabad. He asked the Islamic Emirate particularly the traffic department to enforce all traffic rules on drivers, adding that the department should do more to prevent drivers from possible traffic incidents on the country’s roads. Authorities are also admitting that traffic accidents have increased on the country’s main roads in recent weeks. For reduction in traffic incidents, Laghman police department has informed of the activation of the speed limit control system on the Kabul-Jalalabad road. Meanwhile, for the reduction in traffic accidents happening mostly on Kabul – Jalalabad highway, the people are asking for the completion of second lane of Kabul – Jalalabad highway, the construction of which has already started but not completed so far. Munir Ahmad Tanvir

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.