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Southern and Katunayake expressways -- 20,000 traffic offenders arrested


17 May 2017 04:18 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Nearly 20,000 motorists were arrested on charges of violating traffic laws on the Southern (E01) and the Katunayake (E03) expressways during the period January to April this year, Police Spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said yesterday.

He said the Government had collected some Rs.10 million in fines imposed by Court after finding the offenders guilty.

DIG Jayakody said a total of 19,837 motorists had violated traffic laws on both expressways under 21 categories.

He said 7,127 motorists were charged with speeding, 4,007 for offenses involving lights and 2,189 for violating road rules while 1,378 motorists charged with having tinted glass on the front windows of their vehicles.

“About 819 were arrested while driving without a driving license or insurance cover while 346 drivers were charged for using mobile phones while driving,” the DIG said adding that 244 motorists were charged for stopping or parking along the expressways. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

Will the arrests of traffic offenders in Expressways reduce accidents?
1. Yes, it will reduce the accidents
2. No, it will not
3. It will not either increase or decrease accidents


  Comments - 8

  • annoyed Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:05 AM

    Well done traffic police. Pls continue to maintain law.

    AK Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:06 AM

    What is the plan for the collected money? Traffic rules and regulations need to be made much stronger in Sri Lanka.

    Sam Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:32 AM

    most of the Sri Lankan drivers are not educated about rules when driving in the highways. There should be a proper mechanism to educate the people about road rules and regulations rather than taking them to courts and make them pay fines. If its done I am sure violators will be reduced. via DM iOS App

    Daily boru Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:37 AM

    What about the side income?

    Jessica Wednesday, 17 May 2017 01:42 PM

    make sure you charge the rich too! The poor people always get finned because they don't have power and they need their money, charge the people with money for breaking the rules- So happy to hear Sri Lanka is trying to fix the terrible road rules and regulations - keep it up!

    Sonali Wednesday, 17 May 2017 01:45 PM

    That's an average of 7 cars per hour if my math is correct. If the traffic cops were this diligent in their duty they would have copped about 200,000 during this period on normal roads of which 150,000 would have been private buses.

    AJA Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:58 PM

    How about Ministers and back up way they drive police turn the other way .

    Shaan Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:23 PM

    Definitely on track. charging for stopping or parking along the expressways is an ineffective law. There are times a driver may need to stop in an emergency. The highway needs spots for power naps and for emergency stops. Wondering why this is not yet been implemented on the main roads into the Colombo region.

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