'Majority of motor cycle accidents took place during daytime'

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More than 50% of the persons who had died due to motor bicycle accidents in the first seven months of this year, had been victims of road mishaps during day time, National Council for Road Safety Chairman Dr. Sisira Kodagoda said.

Expressing his views at a media conference on “Road safety and standard helmets” held recently at the information Department, he said of the 666 fatal motor cycle accidents that had taken place during the period, 355 persons were killed as a result of accidents that took place during day time,

He further said 311 motor cyclists had died during nighttime while most of them had been under the influence of liquor. .

He said that wearing sub standard helmets was also another key reason for such accidents, which prompted the introduction of SLS certified safety helmets from September 1.

However he said 50 % of helmets available in the market did not fall under the SLS standard. (Jayantha Samarakoon)

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  • pandit Tuesday, 13 September 2016 05:04 PM

    Yes studies also show that vehicle accidents are significantly higher when they are on the road than when they in the garage

    Leo Tuesday, 13 September 2016 08:42 AM

    As you cannot put a price on safety why not take steps to confiscate such sub standard helmets. via DM Android App

    transport guru Tuesday, 13 September 2016 09:08 AM

    Yes, day time (7am-6pm) motorcycle traffic and traffic volume in general is considerably higher than night time, so it is expected to have more accidents. It is like saying more accidents occur in dry weather than when its raining, since obviously majority of the time it is bot raining. so is it safer to drive when its raining? This is what happens when you make statements from distorted statistics, which carry no meaning, what you need to do is look at rate of accident rather than a number.

    aa Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:36 AM

    Please increase the amount of fine.

    SHEHAN Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:37 AM

    Ok now your suggesting the traffic police should make it compulsory for cyclist to wear dark glasses during day time so they could avoid the sun and feel dark hence less accidents during night day time.


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