DOT Desk: A smart push button installed as part of the traffic light control system in front of SFX Green Herald International School at Asad Avenue in the city was pressed by this correspondent at least four times within 30 minutes, reports the Business Standard.
Each time the button was pressed, the green signal was active for 27 seconds. During the time the green signal was active, most of the vehicles did not stop as the drivers continued to drive. Only a car and a bus obeyed the signal and stopped to let pedestrians cross the street.
Pedestrians too demonstrated their indifference to the new system. They flouted traffic rules and did not always wait for the signal to turn green before crossing the street.
During each interval, the red signal remained active for three minutes.
This was the scene at the place where the first-ever smart traffic push button has been installed by Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). It was installed in response to a plea by the SFX Green Herald International School authorities to ensure that students and pedestrians can safely cross the street.
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam inaugurated the button on October 24.
Speaking at the inaugural programme, Atiqul said, “We have observed that pedestrians cross the road without using the foot overbridge, putting their lives at risk. This is also risky for drivers. We need to change this mindset.”