Chief Government Whip, Minister Gayantha Karunaratne revealed in Parliament recently that 3, people had been killed in 39, road accidents last year. Of these accidents, according to Transport Ministry sources, 11, were critical accidents. The Minister also confirmed that there had been an increasing trend in road accidents, when compared with the previous years. For example, between and , there has been an increase of 58 percent of accidents and 20 percent of the people who were killed. Far too many people are killed or seriously injured on our roads.
AN ECONOMETRIC ANALYSIS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka faces bumpy road in combating rising traffic accidents : rich2hrrail.info
Road Traffic accidents and associated deaths are on the increase in Sri Lanka and the government expects to eradicate road traffic accidents, violations and road deaths completely with increased traffic fines, but could fines alone help to eradicate this problem? It may to some extent help to minimize road tragedies temporarily until the tension amidst motorists is diminished gradually. Sri Lankans generally have short memory and tend to forget everything at the drop of a hat, when it comes to road traffic accidents and associated deaths on the road, akin to the way they behave when fuel price increases come into effect, or politicians come out with pseudo promises and become egocentric once coming to power! Corrupt traffic Police Officers are always willing to accept a bribe and let loose the offender, which apparently works out towards a mutual advantage for the offender as well as the dishonest Police Officer! The latest revised traffic fines, no doubt, will make it difficult for those who do not possess a valid driving licence, those who drive under the influence of liquor or drugs, permitting anyone to drive a vehicle without a valid driving licence, driving into an unprotected rail crossing, and failure to possess a motor car insurance certificate. In the new concept, speeding above the limit has been increased to Rs.
Road accidents on the rise
The purpose of this report is to analyse the traffic problem in the Colombo city and to identify the causes of the problem and offer recommendations in improving the traffic system in order to have an effective traffic management in Sri Lanka. In this, the reason for traffic congestion and draw backs of the current system has been identified. A SWOT analysis has been done on the traffic board in order to assess the compatibility of the proposed system. The city of London in England has being selected as the benchmarking country due to its excellent traffic management and transport system.
Reckless driving, negligence and fatigue contributed to a spate of accidents increasing the death toll compared with last year. Kodagoda revealed that last year accidents resulted in 3, deaths, of which 1, occurred between January 1 and August The corresponding period this year has seen an increase by 54 deaths to 1, deaths. The recent accident in Negombo involving a motorbike and a prison bus claimed one life.