‘Violation of ordinary traffic rules causes many road accidents’ | Daily News

‘Violation of ordinary traffic rules causes many road accidents’

Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekera discussing the issue with officials.
Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekera discussing the issue with officials.

Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekera yesterday said that many road accidents occurred mainly because motorists violate ordinary traffic rules. “Many are using drugs while driving. Therefore, an effective inspection system has to be set up soon to deter such drivers, he said.

He said that drunk driving is not the main cause for the rise in road accidents. “It contributes only to 4 per cent of the road accidents,” he said.

The Minister said that those who violate road rules cause 48 per cent of road accidents, while those who use various narcotics such as cannabis, LSD and heroin cause 50 per cent of road accidents.

A discussion was held in this regard with other relevant departments and organisations yesterday at the Public Security Ministry.

The Minister said that 27,000 were killed in road accidents in the last 10 years. Even during the 30-year-long war, only 29,000 were killed. "In comparison, road accidents have killed more than the war did,” the Minister said.

The equipment and various mechanisms that are being used globally to detect drugs have been discussed at the meeting. The sets of equipment that could detect drunk drivers were discussed and arrangements have been made to acquire them for domestic use.

Public Security Ministry Secretary Major General Jagath Alwis, Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon and Officials from the Health Ministry, Transport Ministry, Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Transport Commission including the National Transport and the Medical Institute were present.