In the wake of a sharp rise in the number of deaths related to motorcycle accidents, mainly due to the fault of motorcyclists themselves, the Police have announced that beginning from June 10, 2015, the law will be strictly enforced against motorcyclists who flout road rules.
According to statistics released by Police Headquarters, a total of 332 motorcyclists and pillion riders have died as a result of road accidents from January 1 to April 30 this year. This is a sharp rise from the 254 who were killed during the same period of last year.
Police have identified four main reasons for motorcycle related accidents. These being; the chin strap of protective helmets not being fastened properly, not wearing protective helmets, trying to overtake vehicles despite the way ahead being unclear and riding at a speed that the motorcyclist is unable to control.
Accordingly, beginning from June 10, motorcyclists found to have not fastened their helmet chin straps properly, those who use colored visors on their motorbikes, and those who overtake vehicles without keeping to their lane while being unable to clearly see the way in front of them, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, Police Headquarters further stated.
Figures released by the Police reveal that by May, 2015, about 2.9 million motorbikes were in use in the country. This accounts for 53 percent of all vehicle traffic currently on Sri Lanka’s main roads.