Number of drunk drivers reduced -Police

Police say motorists driving under the influence have been controlled to a certain extent.

Police Media Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said he believes new regulations included in the Motor Traffic Act also contributed to the reduction.

Commenting on new measures taken by Police to minimise road accidents, SDIG Ajith Rohana said the Motor Traffic Act was amended as there were constant legal setbacks.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Department of Government Information, he noted through the amendments a Rs.25,000-fine was introduced for five offences including driving under the influence, recklessly entering a railway crossing, driving without a valid license, permitting an individual without a valid license to drive a vehicle and driving a vehicle without a valid insurance plan.

The SDIG claimed until 2017 drivers were responsible for reporting an accident, adding however through a new amendment all passengers in the vehicle at the time of the incident have a responsibility to inform Police of the accident.

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