‘Deadly’ holiday period – traffic accidents and murder mar festivities
Fatalities in traffic accidents remain at an alarming rate this Avurdu season, with scores of people killed or injured across the island, while a number of murders have disrupted celebrations in parts of the country.
According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Traffice Ajith Rohana, some 30 people were killed and 200 injured in traffic accidents around the country between 11 and 16 April.
Meanwhile, Traffic Police has arrested 1,270 drivers during the New Year holidays for driving under the influence of liquor and has also filed 34,980 cases against drivers who committed various traffic offences.
Comparing this year’s figures to last year’s, Rohana said that 135 people had been killed and 750 had sustained injuries in traffic accidents between 11 and 20 April, last year.
“It is clear that the around 17 persons are killed in accidents on average during this season. This is a very sad situation and, therefore, we have initiated this special operation to nab drunk drivers,” he said.
Four hundred and thirteen people have been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital due to accidents on 13 and 14 April.
Three murders were also reported during the New Year holidays, according to police.lk.
Many of the reported accidents had been due to reckless driving, drunk driving, speeding and drivers falling asleep, while arguments had led to the reported homicides.