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Pakistan’s Road Safety Crisis
Pakistan's road safety crisis, urgent action are needed

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Pakistan’s Road Safety Crisis, Urgent Action Needed: News Analysis

The Pakistan’s road safety crisis is a serious problem that needs urgent attention.

Pakistan has one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world, with thousands of people losing their lives every year. Despite government efforts to improve road safety, the situation remains dire, and urgent action is needed to address this crisis.

There are many factors contributing to the high rate of road accidents in Pakistan. Poorly maintained roads, inadequate signage, and a lack of traffic police are just a few of the problems. Additionally, many drivers ignore traffic rules and regulations and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is common.

The consequences of these road accidents are devastating. Not only do families lose loved ones, but the economic cost of road accidents is also significant. Medical expenses, loss of income, and damage to vehicles and infrastructure all add up to a substantial burden on society.

To address this crisis, the Pakistani government needs to take immediate action. This should include increasing funding for road infrastructure and maintenance, improving road signage, and increasing the number of traffic police. In addition, stricter penalties for traffic violations and better enforcement of existing laws could help deter dangerous driving behavior.

118.4 Billion For Road Safety

The Finance Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Ishaq Dar stated that the government has included 50 projects in the National Highway Authority (NHA) portfolio in the PSDP for CFY2023 with a total allocation of Rs 118.4 billion. This allocation is to provide the country with a safe, modern, and efficient transportation infrastructure.
He made this statement during the ‘International Road Safety Conference for Parliamentarians’ closing ceremony. The ceremony took place in the Serena hotel, Islamabad.
According to Ishaq Dar, the number of vehicles on the road was anticipated to be 34.2 million up until FY2022. And this number is rising quickly as the middle class expands across the nation.

Pakistan’s road safety crisis

It’s also important to educate the public about road safety. School curriculums could include road safety as a subject, and public awareness campaigns could help raise awareness about the dangers of reckless driving.

The road safety crisis in Pakistan is a serious problem that needs urgent attention. By taking a comprehensive approach that includes infrastructure improvements, law enforcement, and education, we can work towards a safer and more secure future for all Pakistanis on the road.

Read more: Dar Says Government Allocates Rs 118.4 Billion For Road Safety

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