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By L.B Senaratna

Over 100 jay walkers were reprimanded by the Kandy police today and have been told to appear before the Kandy Magistrate’s Court on 16 July. The police had also reprimanded 500 jay walkers yesterday.

Acting Mayor of Kandy Suminda Wickramasinghe however told Daily Mirror online that the move to reprimand jay walkers was carried out without the public being made aware of the crackdown.

The 178 jay walkers reprimanded today and over 500 yesterday will be forced to pay a fine in Court over their failure to use pedestrian crossings in Kandy, the police said. (Daily Mirror online)


  Comments - 19

  • soththi Sunday, 11 July 2010 03:49 AM

    watch how Private busses violate red light at Dehiwala and block all traffic at Hill Street coming towards main road. One of these days, a death of a pedestrian sandwitched among busses will be a probability.

    Jay Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:12 PM

    Is there a "law" or something behind this? How come the public were not informed beforehand? Just to earn a quick buck? It's good to do good but do good in a good way lol

    Ruzy Sunday, 11 July 2010 01:36 PM

    Ya right.Poor are the ones who have been hit badly but who do you think voted for this regime in the first place. So this is the government's way of paying back..

    Jaminda Mendis Sunday, 11 July 2010 12:54 PM

    The WPC has parked herself in the road which is prohibited.

    Amaris Sunday, 11 July 2010 10:31 AM

    Thank you sir. This is a great comment. I have seen how orderly the cattle walk along the road in a line. They were inhabitants of the earth long before us. Why not the the humans too.

    Ellepola Sunday, 11 July 2010 09:39 AM

    Shame on you Kandy police, politicians connected with this exercise of penalising pedestrians. It is a well known fact that in Sri Lanka drivers don’t stop their vehicles at pedestrian crossings enabling the pedestrians to cross the road in safety. Instead of penalising the arrogant vehicle drivers (including the police vehicles) who don’t obey the law, the shameless police force have taken to show their might by taking the poor who walk on their feet to court. Like in everything else the non influential, the not well connected poor man is reprimanded! These are the areas where people should fight for our human rights (or pedestrian rights)! The photograph clearly shows the attitude, the culture and the mindset of the Sri Lankan police, the police woman sat on a chair in the road whilst the citizen is made to stand and answer to her. It is time that these changed in Sri Lanka , perhaps the next king in Sri Lanka should be the one who safeguard and consolidate the rights of the individual.

    Amaris Sunday, 11 July 2010 09:34 AM

    I totally agree with you. These type of decipline was in Sri Lanka when I was a kid. That was in the 60s. These are to be taught at school. We all know that it is dangerous to jaywalk specially with the road manners practiced in Sri Lanka. The most dangerous being the VIP ones that travel on the wrong side of the road and also on payments (where payments exist.

    Mushi Sunday, 11 July 2010 06:48 AM

    Yes, there should be laws like this in a country for it to develop and all people should be disciplined by such laws. Adhering to laws is vital for a nation's development. Look at Singapore,Malaysia,Honkong,Dubai etc..

    Amaris Sunday, 11 July 2010 05:46 AM

    What about the jaywalking in front of the UN officer a few days ago. How many where reprimanded?

    Varithamby Rajan Sunday, 11 July 2010 05:14 AM

    Good Start and I do hope this will continue. Sri Lankans need to be disciplined !!!

    Sujee Peiris Saturday, 10 July 2010 11:59 AM

    This woman sits on the road with a chair... this is a blatant violation of law too! Do not know when these people would use their brain instead of what they sit on.

    Steven Sunday, 11 July 2010 03:44 AM

    good start but follow through should be there

    Crasher Sunday, 11 July 2010 03:40 AM

    Paint the Yellow lines first.. no one knows where the pedestrian crossings are. and which driver stops at the pedestrian crossings. good move but the basics has to be done.

    Just Another Citizen Sunday, 11 July 2010 02:57 AM

    Why don't they do this in Colombo too? Cattle & stray dogs use the pedestrian crossing.

    malkanthi Saturday, 10 July 2010 03:18 PM

    This is sri lankan man, 'one day law', next day nobody knows!!

    azath Saturday, 10 July 2010 02:54 PM

    good move and pavement should be made cleared of the hawkers in all places. specially in NHSL square.

    slaphead Saturday, 10 July 2010 02:52 PM

    Another method of collecting money for the government.

    citizen1 Saturday, 10 July 2010 02:51 PM

    Well said! They are breaking the law while reprimanding others. This sort of bullying is sure to backfire.

    Sal Saturday, 10 July 2010 02:44 PM

    Excellent start. People know where to cross the street and they blatantly disregard the rules at their own risk. I have seen mothers carrying young children run across streets, people just running front of the bus and such. Lets now move on to the vehicles that disregard the law also.

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