May 12, Colombo: Statistics on road accidents and the causes for those have emphasized the need to pay immediate attention to road safety and educate the public regarding traffic rules, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Wednesday.
Addressing the National Road Safety Conference held yesterday (11) at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo President Rajapaksa revealed that a report issued by a Parliamentary Select Committee has found that six people are killed daily by road accidents in Sri Lanka.
The President underscored the need for urgent action to change this situation as the country is making progress in economic development. He urged the authorities to take stern actions against the pedestrians as well as the drivers who violate traffic rules.
"It is not possible to move ahead on the road to sustainable development without increasing and improving the standards of human safety on roads. It is time to have a clear Road Map to Road Safety in Sri Lanka," the President stressed.
The conference was jointly organized by the Transport Ministry and the National Council for Road Safety with the support of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
World Health Organization Resident Representative in Sri Lanka F.R. Mehta presented the Road Safety Emblem to the President. The Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Road Safety was also presented to the President at the meeting.
Ministers including Maithripala Sirisena, Kumara Welgama and P. Dayarathna , Rauf Hakeem, parliamentarians and the World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka Ms. Diarietou Gaye also participated in the event.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)