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Over 80 pedestrians, who ignored the pedestrian crossing and crossed the road from other places, were fined Rs.100 each by the Colombo Traffic Court Magistrate today.

Persons who pleaded guilty to the charge were produced before the Colombo Traffic Court Magistrate Jeyaram Trotsky by the City Traffic Police and Mutwal Police who told court that those accused had ignored the pedestrian crossing and had endangered their lives as well as creating a big problem for vehicular traffic.
 
The Police suggested that those who violate road rules should have to attend classes on road rules conducted by the police. It is only those who fail to attend those classes that would be charged under the Traffic Act. The Magistrate observed that by producing the perpetrators in court it congested the court room and interfered with other important cases. (TFT)

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  • kandyboy Thursday, 20 October 2011 05:10 AM

    Fine is Rs 1,000/- is imposed if you do not stop at a crossing. This is not a spot fine so you need to be charged in court and the minium fine is Rs 1,000/-

    kandyboy Thursday, 20 October 2011 04:46 AM

    I disagree totally, even when there are pedestrian crossings and under passes, people still brake the rules. see howmany people cross the road while even there is a fence accross. they put their lives and lives of others at risk just because they are too lazy to wak 50mts to the crossing.

    maiya Thursday, 20 October 2011 05:24 AM

    More than 50% of the Vehicles stop at the pedestrian crossing now. 3 wheelers, private busses, bikes and police vehicles are the major culprits. Educate them as well.

    Meena Thursday, 20 October 2011 05:45 AM

    Why don't the Tv channels have a 15 mins. programme everyday to educate the public. Isn't it better than some of the garbage they're showing each day and each night.

    sc Thursday, 20 October 2011 07:36 AM

    does the "VIP Vehicles" follow all these rules???

    Nim He Thursday, 20 October 2011 01:45 AM

    The traffic police should also make sure that vehicles should stop at pedestrian crossings in order for the public to cross. I think Sri Lanka is the only country in the world where pedestrian crossings are unheeded.

    Wijebahu Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:07 AM

    This is all police is allowed to do now.

    anura Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:31 AM

    educate the motorists as to why the crossing are there and prosecute drivers who do not stop as in the civilised world where drivers stop when a pedestrians foot goes on the crossing

    Just Another Citizen Thursday, 20 October 2011 03:07 AM

    Exactly.. Motorcyclists & 3 wheel drivers that jump the white line at traffic lights/junctions. And what about all the vehicles that stop on the crossing during the changing of lights? They do this while the policeman is on duty as well. I think the police need to be educated too. I still notice drivers & passengers without seat belts & nothing being done by the police when those vehicles pass them.

    ajith Thursday, 20 October 2011 03:08 AM

    This is the only country where pedestrian facilities are ignored.
    Construct under passes in key junctions and near schools etc... refund money of poor pedestrians If not their curse will strike lightning to POLICE for sure.

    Lionel Thursday, 20 October 2011 03:43 AM

    In order to implement this rule effectively , pedestrian crossing should be indicated clearly and in a standard way, so that pedestrians as well as motorist could identify clearly. Specially in the night it is extremely difficult to locate a crossing.
    Police should communicate in a friendly manner and reward the pedestrians who do not violate these rules by saying 'Thank you'. Should not fine the violators, instead attending road rule session at the traffic police is the best.

    CEEDEEBEE Thursday, 20 October 2011 03:26 AM

    Also educate the Police to lead by example and not to openly flaunt the law by crossing the road wherever they like. I have actually seen Police stop traffic so that they can walk across the road, and not at crossings. Install traffic lights at crossings. Review the stupid positioning of crossings at road intersections. These are unsafe as vehicles coming around a corner cannot see pedestrians until they are actually on the zebra crossings.


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