Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka today said the Police will launch a pilot project in February to send traffic tickets to personal addresses of traffic rule violators.
The Minister addressing the officers of the Police Traffic Unit, said the new technology would be introduced to assist Traffic police officers in their day to day work, the ministry said in a statement.
"We all know how they run into difficulties while performing their day to day work. Some even abuse police officers verbally when they try to take action on traffic rule violators. Their videos go viral on social media. All this can be avoided if we use modern technology for the benefit of traffic Police officers who perform their duties despite many hardships," the Minister explained.
The Minister added that a traffic ticket would also come with a photograph of the traffic rule violation as evidence and an explanation of the offence. "If the vehicle owner thinks he is not guilty, he can present his argument in courts," Ratnayaka said.
"I also instructed the IGP to take necessary measures to pay an allowance to traffic police officers working under difficult conditions. A portion of the money we collect from fines can be allocated for this. I will present a Cabinet paper seeking approval in this regard," the Minister said.
The event was organised to give a basic first-aid training to traffic police officers. It was held with the support of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society.
The Minister said first-aid training to Police officers would help reduce the number of deaths caused by road accidents, on a daily basis.
"Some deaths occur because those who take road accident victims to hospitals use wrong methods. This happens mainly due to unawareness. That is why decided to give a basic first-aid training to Police officers. Tuk Tuk drivers too will soon be given a similar training," Ratnayaka added.
Wouldn't it be better to focus on having a comprehensive Road Code which needs to be passed before issuing licenses? 99% of our drivers haven't got a clue about basic road rules.
shan Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:57 PM
This is a great initiative, instead of sending people to court for traffic offences and wasting the time issuing a traffic ticket is fine but why to postal address? isn't this again a backward step? why can't we send an SMS to registered mobile no of the owner
shan Thursday, 11 January 2018 05:00 PM
there can be online database to access the fine details and pay online , rather than sending it in postal with picture . photo can be upload to system to view.
Laughing Out Loud Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:48 PM
Firstly train your traffic police properly, then give them the proper mandate to do their job and before you go high tech, just do the basics right,
Aerostar Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:30 PM
Good idea, As suggested should be uploaded online and accessible to vehicle owners, should link it to revenue license and bar renewal till all settled and cleared,
thilak Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:34 PM
Hon Minister , Don't afraid take action against road rules violators
Jonson Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:05 PM
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Saman Friday, 12 January 2018 07:07 AM
Few basic things to reduce risk and improve disipline 1- Introduce two-page information about health and safety and road rules in Grade 5 to 8 Textbooks.2- few pages of diversity among the community. 3- Introduce a booklet and distribute among New generation will have new mindset
yahiya Friday, 12 January 2018 08:23 AM
Mostly violating private buses are belongs to police officers or his relatives. Mostly traffic constables are unable to bring those drivers to book. IGP must consider.
kumarsenaratne Friday, 12 January 2018 09:25 AM
Must appreciate the good initiative without unfairly criticising. Police needs to get modernize not only on the road but documentation at Police stations. When cases are recorded it takes hours as all details have to be hand written. They must introduce computers for these work
Rasheed Friday, 12 January 2018 10:28 AM
Will they send the ticket to the people who drives BMW, Benz and Luxury vehicles.
voter Friday, 12 January 2018 10:30 AM
A very good idea if it can be implemented without favour irrespective of the status of the offender. What happens at present is that the all powerful get off Scot free while the poor pay the fine. Also need to teach the police to refrain from taking bribes from traffic offenders.
SAM Friday, 12 January 2018 10:51 AM
Its time put up more CCTV at important places to nab Traffic offences, crimes etc. We still seem to be in the old fashioned manual style.
jayaweera Friday, 12 January 2018 11:05 AM
Whatever new system should not just be convenient to the police (we appreciate their hard work, alright) but first and foremost should serve to reduce violations and also be convenient to the motorists.
Kaushal Friday, 12 January 2018 04:39 PM
Excellent idea.pls give first aid trainings to school children also.
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