Police to amend existing seat belt law

30 January 2012 02:03 pm - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Police Department is to amend the existing seat belt law to charge spot fines on drivers who fail to wear it instead of sending them to courts.

The move comes after President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K. Illangakone to bring in an amendment in consultation with the Minister of Transport to charge spot fines instead of sending them to courts. (Supun Dias)

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  • V, Puran Appu Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:54 AM

    Sri Lanka needs ejector seats NOT seat belts.

    Seat belts are death traps as far as Sri Lankan roads are concerned.

    We should be able to eject out of the vehicle when we see a giant Ashok Leyland coming head on with blaring horns and blinding headlights.

    Lanka Tuesday, 31 January 2012 01:22 AM

    Make sure it a hefty fine and the officers could not be bought.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:50 AM

    Didn't the "seat warmers" in the Police and Ministry of Transport, including the Minister of Transport realise this before the President has to prompt action?

    citizen Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:05 AM

    Who is going to charge the Police Officers who do not wear seat belts even when they drive the Police vehicles. I have seen many Police officers not wearing seat belts. Do they have a separate set of Traffic Rules?

    Jayantha Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:21 AM

    thanks Mr. President

    Shai Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:44 AM

    Ladies look sexy with seatbelt good move

    gamage Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:12 AM

    hope spot fines dosent make cops rich

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:23 AM

    In SL, every kind of refuse has its price. A good example are the UNP frogs serving in the UPFA. Principles and ethics are non-existent.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:29 AM

    Yes they have...they are exempted from observing normal laws under special private parlimentary act under act "boot lickers" section "State Terrorism".

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:30 AM

    No wonder he does not have time to find a solution to the ethnic problem.

    Thomas Tuesday, 31 January 2012 05:15 AM

    In this country, everything to be told by the President to his beauracrats to act. Sack them, and let the President rule as a King ( Maharajah ) as was the case during the olden days

    shamil Tuesday, 31 January 2012 05:05 AM

    they driving like tuturles they say

    Lal.Fernando Monday, 30 January 2012 09:48 PM

    This is just common sense, spot fines for not wearing seat belts. Collections of fines is going to be the problem. Solution to be implemented .

    Sena Monday, 30 January 2012 10:01 PM

    Good move. It is also necessary to ensure that monies collected as fines are duly accounted for through issue of official receipts,etc.

    Hadi Monday, 30 January 2012 10:38 PM

    Spot cash into the coats of policemen

    Raymond Monday, 30 January 2012 11:09 PM

    ..."spot fines" by the police is an EXCELLENT move, less administrative work and quick disposal of the case!!!!!???


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