Oct 20, Colombo: The Railway Department has taken steps to install reflecting boards to raise awareness in people on rising accidents on railway tracks in order to minimize the number of deaths.
A program to install mirror boards at the railway crossings to provide a better view to the motorists was launched today under the patronage of the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.
A fine of Rs. 25,000 will be imposed on motorists who drive their vehicles dangerously at railway crossings disregarding warnings, Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva said.
The National Council on Road Safety has highlighted that the number of accidents at island's railway crossings is increasing every year.
According to the National Council on Road Safety there were 436 human-train collisions last year and 180 people died and 256 received injuries. Another 76 people were killed after falling from a train.
During the last year there were 84 vehicle-train collisions at Railway crossings.
According to the Council, 24 youths have been killed in the past 10 months while taking selfies on trains and rail tracks.
The first program to set up awareness boards for the public at the railway crossing was held today at the Railway Headquarters. Large reflecting boards within a distance of 30 meters from the railway crossings will be installed soon.