The Southern Expressway Traffic Division has fined 471 individuals mainly for exceeding the speed limit (100 kilometers per hour). A total of 51 accidents have been reported so far since the first expressway in Sri Lanka was opened on November 27.
The new division of expressway traffic is administered by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) with powers vested similar to the Western Province Traffic DIG.
Police officers will be recruited after undergoing a special training to control the expressway traffic. Traffic control units are placed in Gelanigama, Kurundugahahatakma and Pinnaduwa.
New traffic regulations are being placed for motorists using the new expressway.
According to the police the existing fines will be increased for traffic violations that take place on super highways and expressways.
The elite Special Task Force (STF) conducts routine patrolling in the Southern Expressway. (Supun Dias)
51 Accidents? unacceptable! the Expressway is supposed to ease trafic not cause accidents and damage to life and property...What kind of educated morons sit and wait for things to happen on stats given on the expressway???
supun s. Monday, 02 January 2012 10:32 AM
as a regular user of e1, here's a suggestion to the police. while catching traffic offenders, please keep an eye on some stupid travelers who dump garbage to the road as well. i have witness few such incidents. i have no idea what kind of mentality they have but if you do not fine them, they never learn a lesson.
sean Monday, 02 January 2012 01:04 PM
I just don't know why people use this expressway when you can drive at 100 kms on the normal streets....a waste of money
gemini Monday, 02 January 2012 04:51 PM
With deployment of private buses, The number of accidents might go up, Unless they employ educated intelligent drivers for coaches.
Lanka Monday, 02 January 2012 07:29 PM
Why anyone has to so surprised on traffic violations on expressway. It is daily norm any part of the country and it is the same drivers too. It will take another one or two generations to see a change.
rd Monday, 02 January 2012 07:48 PM
most of them are minor accidents..No one died yet..the number of accidents are way higher in Galle road than this
Rohan Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:26 AM
In any highway there are accidents. But the goal should be to eliminate all accidents. if the accident data is released as a perentage of the number of vehicles travelled it is comparable to the developed world.
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