Speed fiends to be trapped from Feb 14

A new system to nab speeding drivers on expressways will be introduced from February 14, the Road Development Authority (RDA) says, adding that there has been an increase in road accidents in recent times.

Errant drivers will be given images of their vehicles exceeding speed limits and fined when they exit the expressway under the new system. The RDA says that around 27% of the accidents on the expressways occur due to speeding.

Research conducted by Moratuwa University students has found that speeding is the main causes of accidents on Sri Lankan expressways. The other main reasons are the poor (slippery) road conditions during rainy weather. They have also found that driver fatigue is also a reason for some accidents and that twice as much accidents occur during the night compared to daytime.

The highest number of accidents between 2011 and 2013 took place between Kottawa - Kahathuduwa section and the Baddegama Pinnaduwa Section. However fatality rates in the expressway remain low compared to mishaps on A2 (Colombo-Wellawaya) highway.

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