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“The laws against speeding are outdated.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.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka has recorded an increase in the number of road accidents.
According to the latest WHO data published in April 2011 Road Traffic Accidents Deaths in Sri Lanka reached 2,333 or 1.71% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 11.46 per 100,000 of population ranks Sri Lanka #125 in the world.
The Police daid that in 2012 that 17 people were killed in separate road accidents over a period of 24 hours between Saturday morning and a Sunday morning.
Doctors at the state hospital in the capital had said that they got some 200 to 300 road accident victims being admitted for treatment every week.