The proposal by the government to increase fines for seven traffic offences to Rs.25,000, which had received approval from the government, could only be implemented if the roads and infrastructure in the country are developed according to international standards, Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) president Gemunu Wijeratne said.
Speaking to Daily Mirror Mr. Wijeratne said yesterday the decision taken by the government to increase fines for certain traffic offences was a good one as it helps to increase road discipline amongst drivers and to deduce the road accidents.
The government should also work towards putting the necessary infrastructure to complement this decision such as setting up hi-tech CCTV roadside accident and traffic monitoring systems. Roads should also be widened to a minimum of four lanes and have separate bus lanes and speed limits being displayed at frequent intervals etc. to ensure the success of this programme.
“The new traffic fines should be defined under a specific category. Speed limits should be gazetted for all the roads, if not the police would impose fines on motorists as they wish,” Wijeratne warned. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
ANTON Friday, 11 August 2017 09:05
THIS MEAN THAT OUR DRIVERS DRINK LIQUOR AND DRIVE BECAUSE OF UNDEVELOPED ROADS ?
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BUSHEL Friday, 11 August 2017 09:22
IF NOT SAITM ALSO WILL PRODUCE MBBS AS THEY WISH
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suresh Friday, 11 August 2017 09:30
Not a bad idea - with the increased revenue if some CCTV cameras can be put, it might show who is really at fault. Sometimes people park on left lane where there is a double yellow line and we have to switch lanes.
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DN Friday, 11 August 2017 09:33
What is the link between road infrastructure and driving with liquor or without valid license or insurance?
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Snowy Friday, 11 August 2017 09:39
How about improving the decline of the road users to international standards.
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janith Friday, 11 August 2017 10:08
what infrastructure development is required for DUI. if u drive a vehicle under the influence it is an offense. doesnt matter if u r driving on a carpeted road or a freakin gravel road. what is wrong with this uneducated person. ohh I think I gave the answer to my own question. via DM Android App
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Wimal Friday, 11 August 2017 10:18
Making up an excuse to keep driving like fools.Road infrastructure doesn't need to change, you need to change your driving habits.
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upi Friday, 11 August 2017 11:56
The drivers and conductors must be trained first to be courteous to passengers.All buses must have a bell to ring so that the drivers is informed. Police and the authorities must check on the road worthiness of the bus.A times table is a must tom avoid racing on the roads.
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Gaja Man Friday, 11 August 2017 11:59
Gamunu don't talk nonsense. What does road infrastructure have to do with drunk diving?
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MF1986 Friday, 11 August 2017 14:40
Sri Lanka has most narrowed highways in the world (Eg: A1- Kandy-Colombo road). Highways should be widen soon. This is one of major causes for road accidents.
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Modaya Friday, 11 August 2017 15:44
I do not like this Gemunu fella, but there is some truth in what he says on this particular subject. Road infrastructure is merely not asphalt on earth, proper road signs, well lit pedestrian crossings, live traffic enforcement through CCTV. seek expert technological know how from Singapore to implement such systems.
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