Drag racers beware

19 July 2011 06:56 am - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Drag racing has again been reported in several roads in Colombo in the night as the security restrictions have been relaxed and the police vows to take action against those engaging in this dangerous sport that poses a threat to road users.

Police media spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said that if anyone wants to have races in the roads they should take permission from the city traffic police but would not give clearance for such activities to be taken in roads which are extensively used by the public.

The police have now taken steps to increase patrolling in the Marine Drive in the night where drag racing had been reported in the recent past.

“These races cause accidents and put the public as those who engage in them in danger. We will take tough action against any individuals engaged in drag racing as our priority is to protect and ensure the safety of the public”, he said.
 
“There are places where you can go for a race but permission from the police is required to conduct such races. The police are aware of these activities and the public can complain to any police station or call the police emergency or 119 if they are disturbed or harmed by such races”, he said.

The police had received several complaints recently about drag racing on the Marine Drive and they were able to arrest six youths in the Bambalapitiya area. A fine of Rs.3500 had been imposed on each of the arrested individuals for reckless driving in public roads.

The Bambalapitiya police had also taken four motorbikes and two cars into their custody. These suspects had caused disturbance to residents and drivers by exceeding 150 kilometers per hour during the last weekend on the Marine Drive. (Supun Dias)

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  • dias Tuesday, 19 July 2011 10:01 AM

    Cancel the driving licence, If they kill some one let them pay RS 2 million Rs as dia money like UAE, if they cant pay let them stay in the jail till they pay the amount this is a law that the goverment should bring,

    Royalty Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:15 AM

    Super comment!

    Mushi Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:35 AM

    Result of too much freedom in the city. Everything has a limit.

    knight Riders Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:47 AM

    why pay 3500/- when they can pay Rs 250/- (the toll fee) and ride on the southern highway at 120-150kmph ;)

    DEIVATHIRUMAGHAN Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:34 AM

    Plsss arrange a track fr racers...

    Kasun Tuesday, 19 July 2011 04:06 PM

    Should be shoot to death. Then it will stop.

    sniper Tuesday, 19 July 2011 04:44 PM

    street drags never end............
    v 2nd 4 non,,,,,,,,

    dutugamunu Tuesday, 19 July 2011 07:50 AM

    Drag racing is happening in daylight !! have you seen so called v vip's drive...

    localboy Tuesday, 19 July 2011 07:45 AM

    any sons of the king involved ???

    Cynic Tuesday, 19 July 2011 08:02 AM

    Rs 3,500 for these rich brats is nothing. They will spend that amount for one meal. I am sure many of the culprits would be sons of ministers, military top brass and the Police.

    Logical Wednesday, 20 July 2011 02:41 AM

    This sport is becoming quite popular fast. I think it is a business opportunity for someone to have a designated area and charge for usage. You could avoid damaging the public roads and harm any bystanders.

    Civilian Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:10 AM

    119 line is not operational. I myself had a hit and run incident about a month back, and tried calling 119 for over 15 minutes, it was engaged... Don't rely on 119.

    Abdul Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:13 AM

    good move just ahead Ramazan, and take a step to stop cricket at night at Marine Drive too

    UJ Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:26 AM

    Catch me if u can!

    tommy Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:46 AM

    this is unfair. there should be a designated roads for drag racing, the thrill was awesome. Colombo should be like manila, It's a sport in it's own rights!


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