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Latest Police campaign: Cash awards for successful cops

433 drunken drivers nabbed in 24 hours

In its latest drink-driving interdiction campaign, the Police have arrested 433 drunk drivers during the 24 hour period ending at 6.00 am yesterday (07), Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara told news media.

A special operation was launched from July 5 to August 5 to nab drivers driving under the influence of alcohol.

Accordingly, the Police Spokesman said that during the two day period since the commencement of the special operation, the police had taken into custody 796 drunk drivers.

The Police Headquarters launched a month long operation to arrest drunk drivers with the aim of reducing the number of road accidents as a result of drunk driving.

“A special feature of this programme is that police officers who successfully book drunk drivers will 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 license 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.

However, when asked if this drive also covers those driving under the influence of other substances such as drugs, the Police Spokesman said that they are in the process of obtaining such equipment which could detect if a person has consumed such substances. However, he said that if the police officer who stops a driver feels that the drive is under the influence of such substances, he has the authority to subject the driver to a medical test to determine if he had consumed such substances, the Police Spokesman said.

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