The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
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Increasing traffic accidents in Afghanistan raises concern

Concerns over increasing traffic accidents have raised once again after 21 people were martyred in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Sunday when a bus collided with an oil tanker and a motorbike, 38 people were injured in the accident. The accident took place early Sunday morning on a main highway between the capital Kabul and western Herat City in the Grishk district of Helmand. The bus driver lost control after colliding with the motorcycle and crashed with an oil tanker on the opposite side of the road. Helmand police chief spokesman Ezatullah Haqqani said 11 of the 38 injured people were transferred to hospitals with serious injuries. In the most recent update shared with media about the death toll caused by traffic accidents in the country, over 1,600 people have lost their lives and more than 4,000 more injured due to traffic accidents in the past ten months in the country. According to the information of the general directorate of traffic, over 950 of the fatalities are men, 192 are women and 447 are children. Based on the information of the traffic department, nearly 3,045 traffic accidents that have taken place across the country have martyred and injured a large number of people in the past ten months. People and drivers believe that the absence of traffic signals and signs has led to a rise in the number of traffic accidents while the carelessness of drivers has also contributed to the number of accidents on the country’s highways. 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 and 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, Kandahar-Herat and Kabul-Kandahar 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 driver 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. The lack of traffic police on the highways, the lack of traffic signs, and the low-lying roads are one 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 an 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 from increasing traffic accidents in the future. Nisar Ahmad

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.