Police launched special operations in Colombo, Gampaha districts and in suburbs in order to apprehend night street racers, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
This move came following the recent tragic accident in Egodauyana, where two children were killed and their mother critically injured, when a speeding motorcycle driven by a reckless driver had crashed into them.
DIG Rohana said it was observed that mostly youngsters are engaged in street racing, using cars and motorcycles specially during night time by violating road rules and regulations.
He said the Mirihana Police received information about an unofficial race of motorbikes in Kimbulawala Junction on Sunday.
Accordingly, the police have taken 24 motorbikes into custody along with riders engaged in street racing. He said the police will file charges against the riders for violation of traffic rules and regulations.
In the future, the law will be strictly enforced against such persons and they will be produced before psychiatrists on court orders. Necessary steps will be taken to stop such new emerging subcultures immediately, DIG Rohana said.
"It has been observed that they ride motorbikes or they drive cars in the night for their entertainment. However, in the end, we are losing valuable lives. And apart from that, sometimes the victims sustain serious injuries. So therefore, the traffic police have been instructed to take appropriate action to conduct operations throughout the country in order to curtail this situation. And therefore, we would like to make a request from riders, especially the young people. You should not drive fast. Obey the road rules and regulations, especially in the night, don't break traffic rules or regulations," he said. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)
Oh WOW! the police waited till wo children were killed and their mother critically injured, and lost the stillborn baby. These races have been going on for the past so many years. I can predict like the rising sun that these special operations by the so called police would stop in a week or two. Our Sri Lankans have a habit of forgetting soon. Sad but true. Pathetic!
Leslie Gunatilleka Monday, 07 December 2020 12:06 PM
Even last night, I heard racing bikes on Duplication Rd,(Vajira Rd area) at 2.00 am. Authorities will wait until few more people are killed and then appoint a “ committee “ to solve the problem. Then nothing.
Suresh Monday, 07 December 2020 12:32 PM
Races have been going on for years. Loud as ever.
nadarajah Monday, 07 December 2020 12:38 PM
the police need to be present at Second lane Dehiwela during the morning hours to see the reckless driving of the motorists
Fernando Monday, 07 December 2020 02:42 PM
Late night car race on Marine drive on Saturdays have become a real nuisance
Ram Monday, 07 December 2020 02:57 PM
When some kids of the big guns raced down Marine Drive about 8 years back there was no suspension but even the Dalada maligawa area was made available to them
Chrishantha Perera Tuesday, 08 December 2020 06:56 AM
Should be one law to all including parliament ministers vehicles on the road
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