Reckless driving under the influence of liquor and dozing while driving are some of the factors leading to fatal road accidents, killing innocent people. Last year, during Rongali Bihu celebrations, the Government of Assam had sent strict orders not to hold functions after midnight. But many Bihu committees ignored the instruction and kept continuing till the early morning of the next day.
Almost all the members of a husori team of Pengeri were killed early in the morning near Digboi while going back after performing at Tinsukia, as the driver was dozing while on the wheel. There are instances galore on earlier occasions, many precious lives were lost under similar circumstances. Our government should not show any leniency. If the organizers are heavily pelized, surely this sort of accidents can be averted.
It is the responsibility of the transport department and police forces to bridle reckless driving. Only the other day, a student of Pragjyotish College was killed by a reckless driver of a city bus at Bharalumukh. There are innumerable instances. We cannot forget Chanda Pathak of Silpukhuri, who too was a victim of such reckless driving of city bus. Such drivers should not only be given long jail terms but some of them deserve capital punishment. About reckless bikers, the less said the better! Driving after consuming alcohol is a crime. Such drivers should be caught using ‘breath alyzers’. Once caught, these drunken drivers deserve to be jailed and heavily pelized. It is seen in the electronic media that police forces detect such drivers only occasiolly. But occasiol detection will not serve the purpose. The fatal accidents at Burhapahar and Kakopathar are really very heart-rending.