Increasing accidents blamed on impaired driving
KABUL (Pajhwok): As a fatal accident claimed many lives and left injured several others, the General Directorate of Traffic on Sunday called irresponsible attitude of transport companies, use of drugs by drivers and a shortage of standard roads as main causes behind bloody traffic accidents.
At least 36 passengers were killed and 28 others wounded in a bus-tanker collision on the Kabul-Kandahar highway on Sunday morning.
Similar bloody accidents had taken place on other highways especially on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.
Abdul Wadood Khair Khwa, professional member of the General Directorate of Traffic, told a joint press conference with deputy minister for youth affairs at the Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of National Youth Congress civil society institute that traffic police negligence was not behind accidents but the lack of standard roads and violations of traffic rules by drivers had increased tragedies.
He didn’t provide figures about increase in traffic accidents but said: “Corruption to the extent of treason has been committed in construction of roads during the past four decades.”
He said roads were paid not attention during their construction and no norm and principle was observed during their reconstruction and as a result roads were not compatible with the intensity of traffic.
Khair Khwa said during construction of roads, traffic police should be consulted, but this culture was not followed in Afghanistan.
He called as other reasons behind the increasing traffic accidents the lack of accountability of transport companies and usage of drugs by drivers. He said most drivers used drugs while driving.
While intoxicated, driver’s mind lost the ability to control or follow traffic rules, he said, adding traffic accidents ranked second after the conflict in claiming lives.
Dr. Kamal Sadat, deputy youth affairs minister, said transport companies were also responsible for the increase in accidents.
“From now on, the youth and civil society activists by helping the youth affairs department would voluntarily monitor all transport companies and drivers on highways.”
Sami Haqjo, the National Youth Congress head, confirmed youth would monitor the performance by transport companies and drivers and said the Ministry of Interior had promised the NYC that volunteer youths would help in monitor traffic performance.
The MoI has said the youth can contact police by dialing 119 and share their complaints regarding the usage of drugs by drivers and driving without licenses, he added.
He asked all transport companies and drivers to observe traffic rules and to not pose threats to people’s lives.
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