Over 1000 road accidents during first quarter
The first quarter of this year witnessed over 1,000 motor traffic
accidents which had been mainly due to fatigue, high speed and driving
under the influence of liquor. According to Traffic Police figures from
January 1 to March 31 this year, there had been 1,011 road accidents
that resulted in 3,446 persons being injured and 598 deaths.
The number of road accidents in Sri Lanka during 2011, had reached
40,887 with 2,471 deaths and 13,410 suffering injuries.
Over half (51 percent) among those killed had been pedestrians,
bicycle and motorcycle riders.
Other main causes of road accidents have been violation of road
rules, reckless driving, and negligence by pedestrians, according to
National Transport Commission chairman Roshan Gunawardene.
In 2011, 225 school children had been killed and another 4,100
injured in motor traffic accidents.
The NTC chairman said that statistics on road accidents have revealed
the need to pay immediate attention to road safety and educate the
public regarding traffic rules.
He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa too had underscored the need for
urgent action to change this situation and urged the authorities
concerned, to take stern action against pedestrians as well as drivers
who violate traffic rules.
“It is not possible to move ahead on the road to Sustainable
Development without increasing and improving the standards of human
safety on roads,” the chairman said.
He said the NTC had already commenced a series of workshops to
educate private bus owners, drivers and conductors on road safety.
The first workshop had already been conducted in the Nuwara Eliya
district, while the next workshop was to be held in Hambantota.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Transport Board has set up accident
prevention committees in each depot to educate their drivers and
conductors on how to prevent road accidents.
A competition to select the depot with minimum accidents is also