“It was not an accident, it was a murder”- speakers at the Road Safety Dialogue in remembrance of Tareque Masud, Mishuk Munier
Vehicle without fitness, lack of road safety awareness and drivers without license are the major reasons of road accidents in Bangladesh, said speakers at the “Road Safety: A dialogue” held at Dhaka University premise. The seminar was jointly organised by BRAC and Tareque Masud Memorial Trust at the Road Safety Memorial.
Present as a speaker, Professor Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique, VC of Dhaka University said, “Lack of road safety awareness, drivers without license, lack of governance are the major reasons for road accidents which can be controlled if taken proper initiatives.”
Famous actor and road safety activist, Ilias Kanchan said, “It is our responsibility to know the basic traffic rules and regulations for our own safety. We have to bring a change in our mindset. To reduce pedestrian death rate, we have to be cautious and follow the traffic rules.”
Chairperson of the TMMT Catherine Masud said, “Road Safety is a multi-faceted issue that requires cooperation from all sectors of society and government to be effectively addressed and resolved. We also need to ensure that those responsible for road accidents are brought to justice in a proper and timely fashion, and that the individuals and their families who have been victimised should be compensated. This is why we are trying to establish a legal precedent using the high profile nature of our case in the High Court. We should not wait until we lose another TarequeMasud or MishukMunier – the time to act is now.”
Present as speakers at the discussion were Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Professor Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique; Chairperson of Tareque Masud Memorial Trust, Catherine Masud; BRAC’s Senior Director for Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, Asif Saleh; Road Safety Activist Ilias Kanchan, and Asif Munier, wife of Mishuk Munier Manjuly Kazi, Barrister Sara Hossain.