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President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at the opening of the “Rajadhani Road’ in  Anuradhapura said he believed that it was time to amend the traffic laws pertaining to speeding and that motorist should be allowed to drive faster.

“The laws against speeding are outdated. People should be allowed to drive faster because the roads in the country are developed to high standards,” he said. (Sanjeewa Ratnayeka)

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  • Nodrog Monday, 08 April 2013 11:55 AM

    The driver went across the rails when the gates were down. Get your facts right.

    Eranga Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:40 AM

    Tikir mole....biggest problem in sri lanka....

    Nodrog Monday, 08 April 2013 11:56 AM

    Not true. Reckless driving kills!

    Vignes Monday, 08 April 2013 02:01 PM

    Population control strategy....?

    love Monday, 08 April 2013 11:54 AM

    Have any Italian WIfe

    Ranil Monday, 08 April 2013 11:56 AM

    Hanika yaman pulli gono hetata hete pagala

    Green Monday, 08 April 2013 10:10 AM

    Speed Kills..................

    thusitha Monday, 08 April 2013 10:09 AM

    onna moda kathawak kiwwa

    Sonali De Silva Monday, 08 April 2013 10:13 AM

    WOW!!! Now everybody is losing their marbles. Keep of this road all those who value your lives.

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 09 April 2013 03:45 AM

    I'm printing this out and showing it to a cop the next time I get pulled over.

    MyLanka Monday, 08 April 2013 10:19 AM

    Yeah... then you people will impose high fine for speeding.... so as to cover 7,000bn...
    Good strategy by the way MR...

    Discombobulations Monday, 08 April 2013 02:42 PM

    Lucky, your observations are now too many!

    SureshP Monday, 08 April 2013 12:09 PM

    And cars, bought off hard earned money.

    somapala Monday, 08 April 2013 10:22 AM

    Drive fast.
    Kill faster.

    Shan Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:56 AM

    But he is far better then so called opposition, we had some point of my life, gold chain to youngs and all.

    GC Monday, 08 April 2013 12:15 PM

    Roads improved, but not drivers (other than the great racing drivers),. Also too many animal and human pedestrians who don't obey traffice laws..

    Dee Monday, 08 April 2013 12:14 PM

    Yes . when the XJ's, S classes, 5 seiris's, cayennes are brought in they need to be driven faster.

    Thala Monday, 08 April 2013 02:54 PM

    officially calling for death!

    Arundathie Tuesday, 09 April 2013 04:05 AM

    Ha....Ha...what a comment! Wait till the banks crash....it may happen faster than the vehicles on the road!

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:01 AM

    sam, people like you should not have survived the war.

    GC Monday, 08 April 2013 12:18 PM

    Very good but only if the road surfaces and lighting is good and drunken indisciplined animals are not behind the steering wheels.

    Seriously Tuesday, 09 April 2013 04:13 AM

    Indeed, however, we need to also get the drivers skills updated too.

    KD Monday, 08 April 2013 12:21 PM

    Rajadhani paara haraha Kanaththa ? YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR DESTINATION!

    SAM_SPARROW Monday, 08 April 2013 10:29 AM

    Now I know how the Tamils are killed. Road acccident.

    Kalum Monday, 08 April 2013 12:22 PM

    If these commenting guys regularly drive in outstation carpeted Roads like Puttalam-Anuradhapura, Dambulla-Trinco....you will feel the time wastage by driving in 70kmph.

    Arjuna Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:07 AM

    Y

    onlooker Monday, 08 April 2013 12:20 PM

    Madness at the highest level.

    kevin Monday, 08 April 2013 03:08 PM

    good move....hope everythings which are outdated for today will be changed soon....gud start for this new year

    MIC Monday, 08 April 2013 12:22 PM

    I guess on certain roads the speed limit could be increased beyond 70kmph. Having said that our most motorist have no clue of road rules and are reckless..further pedestrians too use the road as if it is their backyard. This combination is a deadly receipe.

    MerwynSilva Monday, 08 April 2013 10:32 AM

    MR you are right. This is what the driver at Polgahawela did when he killed few dozens of innocent passengers, but the stupid law sent him and the conductor to gallows.

    Arjuna Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:07 AM

    My car My Petrol Why need to be worry !!!!!.

    renu Monday, 08 April 2013 12:24 PM

    The Lambos &Aston Martins brought by the sibilings will be of no use if there are speed limits, Speed kills Mr. President

    lal Tuesday, 09 April 2013 04:25 AM

    Population is very high in Sri Lanka.

    Concerned Monday, 08 April 2013 10:42 AM

    Sir, why not consider lowering extremely high taxes of 1000 -1500 cc vehicles so that ordinary people also can think of buying a new vehicle. Before thinking of speeding they must first acquire a vehicle.

    Kuhan Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:19 AM

    only Traffic department has to decide depend on road accidents and conditions of the road.

    somapala Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:24 AM

    Ansh
    First in what?
    I believe that we are first in protecting thugs & murderers by discharging them of their crimes.

    zorro Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:24 AM

    first teach the public to fast traffic.

    Citizen Perera Monday, 08 April 2013 10:47 AM

    This is the most important task to carry out at this hour of this country while average citizen is suffering with heavy burden on his shoulder....( Ascharmyath ascharya)

    Be fair...... Monday, 08 April 2013 10:49 AM

    The faster the country develops, the faster you should drive.
    This is a very clear indication that the country has developed..............!!!!!!

    Rohitha Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:01 AM

    Poor Sri Lankans think Banks are ever stable and safe for their money and central bank provide protection, in reality it is not so. The 3 state banks almost exceed the red line.

    patriot Monday, 08 April 2013 10:50 AM

    Jaya wewa , can die early the way the parliamentarians drive

    chase Tuesday, 09 April 2013 01:28 PM

    Good Idea Sir! but a bad news for Trafic Police lol.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:40 PM

    High Speed Means More Deaths

    malkanthi Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:03 AM

    There should be sign boards indicating speed limit like the highway, so that all can follow the same rule without accidents!!

    ramkumar Monday, 08 April 2013 10:56 AM

    President you are welcome, By considering the condition of Road, Quality of Vehicles and the value of technological, speed limit must be revised according to time and road conditions. For an example on highways, after 9 pm till 5 Am light vehicles could be permitted to 90 to 100 Km/h. During daytime It can be 70 km/h.

    sena Monday, 08 April 2013 12:40 PM

    Will have to keep the Elephants , dogs, monkeys, lizards .. of the road and make all as protected highways where manic drivers can have a field day.
    Good idea raise the speed to 90km/h max on outstations.

    ANTON Monday, 08 April 2013 10:55 AM

    MANUSSA JEEWITHTATH THITHA........

    Sammy Monday, 08 April 2013 12:40 PM

    As if the accidents already happening are not enough! Accident insurance premia to go up.

    Lamborghini Monday, 08 April 2013 10:57 AM

    Probely he doesn't have a clue about how many people die in a year due to traffic violations and speeding, also the way of issuing driving licence in Sri Lanka. He better invest some money for new hospitals before implement new speed limits.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:42 PM

    There Will Be A Shortage Of Hospital Beds.

    Kalu Banda Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:47 AM

    What a keen sense of humour you have Ansh.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:43 PM

    Sri Lanka Moving To The Upper Level Now.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:45 PM

    In Sri Lanka Cars Move Faster Than Planes

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:47 PM

    All Drivers Will Have their Death Certificates Ready.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:48 PM

    Introduce A Road Worthy Test For Drivers And Cars As Well.

    FarookThe newspaper Monday, 08 April 2013 11:01 AM

    And construct more graves!

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:51 PM

    How About Some Bullet Trains From Japan

    Punchi Putha Monday, 08 April 2013 12:51 PM

    Well said Mr. President.
    Driving fast and driving recklessly is two different issues of which the latter should be dealt with seperately.

    Jodi Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:08 PM

    Hence, the need for racing cars duty free!

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:58 PM

    How About A On The Spot Fine For Slow Driving.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 12:58 PM

    Always Breakdown

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:00 PM

    A Death Warrant.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:01 PM

    Creating Vacancies For High Speed Drivers

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:04 PM

    Sri Lanka Moving From East To West.

    Ruhunu Kolla Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:33 AM

    Now i
    am also going to get a pilot car!

    Rimzan Hassan Monday, 08 April 2013 11:17 AM

    This is what I call population control, OMG that is supposed to be TOP SECRET!

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:04 PM

    More Highway Robberies

    janak Tuesday, 09 April 2013 05:38 AM

    PEOPLE ARE STARVING N YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ROAD DEVELOPMENT. FIRST DEVELOP PEOPLES INCLOME

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:06 PM

    Road To Hell

    Neil Horadagoda Tuesday, 09 April 2013 05:45 AM

    Sign of absolute power and a disdain attitude towards people

    Ammo Monday, 08 April 2013 11:22 AM

    And do you honestly think you will win the next election by saying stupid things ? oh gosh

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:09 PM

    More Deaths Than Births

    Pasel Monday, 08 April 2013 11:25 AM

    Namal told me to say this
    So he can speed his Italian import sports car

    Ram Monday, 08 April 2013 01:09 PM

    What ever

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:11 PM

    One Method Of Family Planning

    Pasel Monday, 08 April 2013 11:28 AM

    Funeral parlor welcome his statement

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:13 PM

    That's Good No More Indian Slow Moving Cars. In Future All American And Italian Formula Ones.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:14 PM

    Hooray! We Can Go To Galle In 15 Minutes

    Abr Monday, 08 April 2013 11:30 AM

    The only instance that I would agree with m.r policies. However make sure that the reckless drivers are fined.

    mail_guy Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:10 AM

    Everybody's been reading your comments Nodrog for long time, you know who is the real racist.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 08 April 2013 01:19 PM

    We'll Have To Take Our Last Rites Before Entering The Highways.

    Bob Seygal Monday, 08 April 2013 11:39 AM

    Not a bad idea. Limit it to newly developed highways connecting major cities.

    PRASANNAJIT Monday, 08 April 2013 09:41 AM

    Yes, that's my sons want.

    Thomas Monday, 08 April 2013 11:40 AM

    Now that MR has given Green signal for speeding, Ministers might start flying on roads. God save us from these speed Maniac

    deepthi Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:17 AM

    More hit and run men, and more criminals.
    - Mahadanamutha

    Ansh UK Monday, 08 April 2013 09:47 AM

    way to go MR..
    Sri lanka is now a first world country.

    Raj Monday, 08 April 2013 11:45 AM

    best way of family planning, carrying on speeding.

    Buffaloa Citizen Monday, 08 April 2013 11:47 AM

    His brother is in the director board of Lanka Hospitals... minting money out of the sick.

    malkanthi Monday, 08 April 2013 11:49 AM

    speed thrills and kills.

    jacoob Tuesday, 09 April 2013 02:55 AM

    clowns are said to be in tamil nadu .. but endless comedy in banana republic ..

    meranchi Monday, 08 April 2013 01:45 PM

    speed but don't kill innercents ......i

    AAAA Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:30 AM

    Mattale is good. For high speed,, Namal have idea

    paths Monday, 08 April 2013 11:49 AM

    This is a matter for the Motor Trafic Dept. Speeds must be determined by the standard of the roads. At junctions it must be mandatory to momentarily stop the vehicle as in the USA to prevent 2 cars aproaching a junction from 2 diferent roads not trying to beat the other. An aproacing car must give way to the one aproching on the right.

    Mangala Monday, 08 April 2013 01:47 PM

    This is to encourage car races on public roads.

    ravi Monday, 08 April 2013 09:59 AM

    yes now people have to eat the roade no food no money.

    T. Ruth Monday, 08 April 2013 10:00 AM

    The Vehicles are out dated. First import some ferraris, lamboginis, porsche and the like.

    T Ruth.

    Nodrog Monday, 08 April 2013 11:51 AM

    Why does it always have to be a racial issue with you morons? Change your name to jack-ass to suit your comments.

    Rishan Monday, 08 April 2013 10:03 AM

    Now I can drive my Lambhorigini without any hassle. !


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