Some of these vehicles are more deadly than the others. From this spreadsheet, data via The Sunday Times and SL Police
Traffic accidents in Sri Lanka are on the rise. I and Mahina Bongso
are speaking just spoke with Rohan Abeywickrema on Good Morning Sri Lanka on MTV Sports. He’s from the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics. Here are some the issues he’ll highlight:
- Drivers without license – 25% of accidents are caused by people without licenses.
- Insurance practices – encourages accidents, ads offer an air ticket for claims, or make getting in an accident seem like winning the lottery.
- Road conditions
- Points system on the license – someone with one accident a year is treated the same as someone with none. There’s no record attached to your license, though there will be soon.
- Vehicle conditions
- Fatigue of drivers – Motor Traffic Act says you can’t drive for more than four hours. Which I didn’t know.
- Speeding – the objective is to get as many offenses as possible. Objective should be reduction of accidents.
To a degree more accidents will happen as we get more vehicles. Which has happened, current tax increases nonwithstanding. That degree is exacerbated, however, when you get more vehicles and the same culture and roads. First thing seems to be getting a login and user accounts, ie drivers licenses, and connecting that to incentives and punishments (ie insurance and prosecution).
Then there are broader changes to the roads and infrastructure (expressways to segregate long-haul traffic, better lighting) but I think those are honestly secondary to the basic policy and personal changes that could be effected, like, now.