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Cash for cops nabbing drunk drivers from July 5

With the aim of minimising road accidents, the Police Headquarters has decided to implement a month long operation countrywide from July 5 to August 5 to nab drunk drivers, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

“The speciality of this special operation is that police officers who successfully book drunk drivers would be accorded special cash rewards with funds from the Police Reward Fund. The Police Headquarters has decided to award cash rewards to police officers who nab drunk drivers and once they are produced in court and charged for the offence.

Accordingly, if a police officer apprehends a drunk driver of a passenger transport vehicle, he would be entitled to a cash reward of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 2,500 for a driver of any other vehicle,” he added.

The Police Spokesman also noted that in the event anyone tries to intervene in having an arrested drunk driver released or tries to influence the police seeking some lenience, the police officers have been instructed to note down the name of the person who called and the name of the arrested suspect and the telephone number of the caller. The police officers have also been informed to submit a report to the Traffic DIG with regard to such persons who try to influence the police in any way on behalf of such arrested drunk drivers.

SP Gunasekara also noted that such drunk drivers could face fines of up to Rs. 25,000 if found guilty by a court of law. “The courts could also suspend his/her licence for a specific period if convicted. Last year 105,094 drunk drivers had been arrested by the police and within the first five months of this year 360,359 drunk drivers have been arrested.”

Within the first six months of 2019 the number of fatal accidents recorded is 1,281 and the number of fatal accidents during the same period in 2018 stood at 1,552.

Addressing a media briefing at the Police Headquarters yesterday he said 1,632 persons had been killed in these accidents in the first half of 2018, while 1,374 persons had lost their lives due to accidents in the first half of 2019. “In comparison to 2018 the number of fatal road accidents has reduced by 271 this year while the number killed in these accidents had reduced by 258 during the first six months of this year in comparison to the number killed in accidents last year.

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