New traffic regulations are to be put in place for motorists using the new super highways and expressways, which are to be commissioned in the near future, according to highly placed police sources.
Currently the police are discussing the regulations with the Department of Motor Traffic. According to police sources the existing fines will be increased for traffic violations taking place on super highways and expressways.
A special police division will handle the traffic on the expressways that are to be set up shortly according to sources at the Police Headquarters.
According to the police a new division is required since traffic regulations on the expressways will be different from the normal traffic laws.
New regulations are now being drafted by the police for the expressways. A new division of expressway traffic is to be administered by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) with powers vested similar to the Western Province Traffic DIG. Police officers would be recruited after undergoing special training to control expressway traffic.
Traffic policemen representing the new division were to be recruited for duty in the Southern Expressways from Kottawa in the Colombo District to Pinnaduwa area in Galle which is to be opened for transport in the near future. (Supun Dias)
Some motorists never indicate where they are going / turning. In some cases the turning lights blink on happily long after the turn has been made.Some use the hazard lights to indicate that they are going straight at junctions. ( Sri Lanka may be the only country using that signal ). Some even think that flashing their head lights a couple of times give them the right of way. The most dangerous is that some vehicles have faulty or non-working brake lights which the drivers are ignorant about.
Rosh Thursday, 11 August 2011 05:36 PM
And make sure to educate those dumb traffic cops else sure they may play hell.
manjula Friday, 12 August 2011 03:35 AM
Increase the charge of RS 300 to Rs 500 for highway users. Rs 300 is too littel. This a request from a moterist from colombo., used this money to build more highways.
jayagoda Friday, 12 August 2011 06:27 AM
If not more people will be killed on the roads. Firstly teach them to drive in the lane. Having experience in driving all over Middle East and Australia, I feel Lane maintainence and light signals are vital. Also look at the age of the drivers, todays roads are flooded with elderly drivers and they still drive like in 1960s, One must look at the rear mirror every 7-10 seconds, give way to the fast track without making it a personal or an egocentric issue.The vehicales should be in good mechanical condition with brakes, steering and lights working in proper order.seat belts a must!
garawi Friday, 12 August 2011 08:12 AM
Quite right! And lights should be properly adjusted not hitting the oncoming drive directly in his eyes and blind him leading to accidents.
garawi Friday, 12 August 2011 08:13 AM
Eve at 500 rupees I do not think the cost will be recovered for the maintenance will take much of the income. So new highways will require additional money!
Highway Monday, 15 August 2011 10:31 AM
oncoming light is not an issue in highways, since you have two seperate lanes. Anyway, you can not drive with dim light at high speeds (above 30 miles per hr).
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