In the wake of several deadly accidents that resulted in multiple fatalities, Police have once again appealed to motorists to exercise caution on the roads.

Expressing his views on the issue, acting Police Spokesman SSP Priyantha Jayakody noted the vast majority of fatal accidents were preventable. He cited excessive speed along with reckless and dangerous driving as the leading causes.

SSP Jayakody pointed to a deadly 24-hour period between last Thursday and Friday, which saw 10 people, including five officers from the Presidential Security Division (PSD), including a female officer, losing their lives as a result of three fatal accidents.

In the accident in Minuwangoda that killed five PSD officers and injured five others, the defender carrying the PSD personnel was captured on nearby CCTV cameras trying to overtake a private bus near a bend while cutting across a single line; a clear traffic violation. In trying to do so, the defender collided head-on with another private bus, coming from the opposite direction. SSP Jayakody stressed the driver of the defender, who was among those killed in the accident, was clearly at fault in this incident. “However, if you look closely, you can see in the CCTV footage that the bus that collided with the defender head-on had taken the bend at an extreme right angle, almost cutting the single line himself. He could have done more to prevent the accident”.

In the second incident, which occurred on Thursday evening at Galnewa, three youth were killed after their motorbike crashed into a tree. The victims, aged 21, 18 and 17 years, were residents of Meegalewa. SSP Jayakody said the motorcyclist had lost control of the motorbike due to excessive speed, resulting in the accident.

A third deadly accident on Friday morning claimed the lives of a husband and wife at Malwatta Junction in Nittambuwa, when a three-wheeler collided with a staff bus.  “The great tragedy here is that all three accidents were preventable, which is the case in most such incidents,” SSP Jayakody said, adding that whilePolice would take action on errant drivers, the biggest responsibility lay with motorists to exercise caution on the roads.