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Police Headquarters was still in the process of evaluating the use of headlights by motorcyclists during daytime to prevent accidents, but were yet to consider its legalisation under the Motor Traffic Act, sources said.

The programme was initiated during the last week of January and police said it was still too early to assess its success.

Police Headquarters sources said it was found that motorcycle accidents had reduced in many African countries on the implementation of similar laws.

A senior police officer of the city traffic division said if it was found to be successful it would be legalised and introduced countrywide.

“We have taken quite a few important initiatives to bring down the number of road accidents. When the vehicles increase the exposure for accidents also increases, but to control or at least to minimize it we should have strict laws,” he added.

Apart from the initiatives taken by the police, the Ministry of Transport has also taken steps to bring in regulations to minimize accidents, where public transport vehicles could only be driven by persons between 23 and 65 years.

More than 2,100 persons lost their lives due to accidents last year. In 2011, a total of 1,750 persons lost their lives due to road accidents and the highest number of victims was that of pedestrians.

However, 2012 had a significant increase in the number of road accidents and there were many instances were between four to seven people were killed due to an accident and a total of 2,265 deaths were reported. (Supun Dias)

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  • janaka Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:29 AM

    So we are now brought on par with chaotic African countries. For the record the least number of Sri Lankans can be found in Africa. I can understand if countries like the USA, Britain or Australia, which are the world's richest and have large concentrations of Sri Lankans, have this law where motor cyclists go with with their headlights on in broad daylight. We have now become a nation of Pottayas.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:45 AM

    Just because it is claimed to have worked in the jungles of Africa, what guarantee is there that it is going to work in our country. It is really sad that we go after backward banana republics rather than the developed countries to follow. Inferiority complex or what ?

    A W Abdulkany Tuesday, 18 February 2014 04:33 PM

    How can it contribute towards the reduction of road accidents the Police owe the public a clear justification. via DM Android App

    Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:03 AM

    It is a distraction during the dat time.
    Prevention of accidents depends on the individuals.
    Observe the road rules. Do not weave in and out between vehicles.

    Joseph_1975 Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:49 AM

    Meanwhile at least 25% of the cars and 75% of all buses have no breaking-lights at all. And in evenings, half the cars has front lights ánd fog-lights on, blinding opposite traffic completely. Perhaps time to start checking on that first?

    Shuhail Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:33 PM

    If this is true

    nireshm Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:08 PM

    Try makin ppl use indicator lights. That wil reduce a considerable no of accidents


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