Motorcycles Are the Death Cycles of the Young Generation -The Asian Age

 Farhana Yasmin

Motorcycles are two-wheeled fast-moving vehicles. Motorcycles are very useful for working people to reach their destination in comfort and time.  At one time it was seen that middle-aged men were the only drivers of this vehicle.  However, for the last few years, the young generation has become the only driver of the motorcycle and the whole highway has become their own property.  When riding a motorcycle, just as they do not see if there is anyone on the front or back, right or left, they cannot move at a balanced speed.  Not being able to ride a motorcycle at extra speed is a kind of un-smartness for them.  It is now a death trap for the younger generation to hand over motorcycle keys to young boys to satisfy their children's cravings.

According to the authorities of the National Orthopaedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre (Pangu Hospital), 1,484 people injured in various accidents have received services in the first seven days of May this year.  About 65 to 70 percent of them are victims of motorcycle accidents.  Note that 90 percent of them are young.  A study by the Road Safety Foundation found that 830 people died in motorcycle accidents in the first four months of this year (January-April). And 945 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2019. Surprisingly, the number of deaths that a motorcycle kills in one year is increasing several times in another year.  Motorcycle accidents are on the rise dramatically. The Road Safety Foundation also said that 1,463 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2020. And in 2021, around 2,214 people died in motorcycle accidents.  Seventy-five percent of those killed were between the ages of 14 and 45, and 90 percent of those injured were young. According to Prothom Alo, an analysis of road accidents in five places across the country during the three days of Eid has shown that the 10 people killed in motorcycle accidents are all 18 or younger. It was all about going out with friends to celebrate Eid. Work with multiple research and road safety groups say the increase in road accidents is one of the reasons behind the large availability of a motorcycle.

According to the Bangladesh Passenger Welfare Association, more than 2.5 million motorcycles are running this Eid. This time around half of the people who died on the road during the Eid holidays were motorcyclists and riders.  Most of them are between 15 and 25 years of age.  Most of them did not have licenses.  They are not supposed to drive on the roads and highways. They did not use helmets, disobeying road transport laws. Three people got on a motorcycle. This is not right.  Apart from that, the roads are empty during Eid.  Accidents increase when vehicles move recklessly on empty roads.

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), according to the number of motorcycles registered in 2015 countries since it was less than 15 million.  At present, the number of registered motorcycles has increased by nearly 36 million.  That year, 2016 more than 3 million registered motorcycles.  Also, according to the Research Institute of BUET accident, motorcycles registered in the district, at least 15 million motorcycles in urban and rural areas are not registered.  Thus, the motorcycle cannot available in any country. The motorcycle behind a road accident has become a trap now. Motorcycle accidents have increased in recent years.  A large proportion of those injured in motorcycle accidents and emerging-old teenagers.  These young souls are joining the death procession on the road by reckless riding motorcycles without following the traffic rule.

At present motorcycles are being used more than public transport to travel from one district to another. It is unfortunate that motorcycles have become an alternative to public transport. It cannot be an alternative to public transport.  Using a motorcycle for long-distance travel is extremely risky. This time many motorcycles have transported long-distance passengers commercially.  This is contrary to the existing ride-sharing policy of the country.

 Most of the motorcyclists and riders killed in road accidents during this Eid time are between 15 and 25 years of age. Thus, if our new generation of boys continues to lose their lives in motorcycle accidents, it will have a negative impact on our workforce.  Because young people are a big part of the productive manpower, on whom our future development and progress depend. According to transport experts, the risk of a motorcycle accident is 30 times higher.  But a class of teenagers who get a motorcycle became insane. They take a deposit from their parents and if they don't buy a motorcycle, they give up food and drink. They think that being able to ride a motorcycle is a matter of pride for boys. They see it as a symbol of heroism, which is not true at all.  The trend of bike racing has also increased among them due to various propaganda including social media, which is more deadly. There is a competition as to who can ride a motorcycle at high speeds and in different poses by making loud noises.  While many are upset by their death game, many animals and people have died from being crushed, and even if they themselves have suffered casualties, other teenagers are not learning from it.  Motorcycle rehearsals are shown in some political programs with all these teenagers.  Locals and even the public representatives and traffic police feel helpless in the face of their violence.

Parents need to be aware before they can stop biking, racing, and motorcycling.  Motorcyclists must be adults.  They must have a driving license. Traffic laws must be complied with.  Drivers and riders must also wear helmets. No one will be allowed to ride a motorcycle without following these rules. Apart from these, not only motorcycles, but also no vehicle should be driven recklessly.  Occasionally there will be raids in towns and villages to stop teenagers from riding motorcycles and various measures will have to be taken including lawsuits against illegal and reckless motorcyclists.  Parents need to be aware of this.

Farhana Yasmin is Writer, Student and Researcher.