Long distance drivers need a break
The City Traffic Police yesterday warned motorists to refrain from
driving long distances without a break to avoid accidents.
According to the Police a most motor vehicle accidents occur due to
the negligence of drivers who are at the wheel for long durations
without any rest. Referring to Thursday's van-bus collision which
occurred near the bo-tree junction at Aluthambalama, Kosgoda in
Avissawella around 3.30 am, a Senior Police officer of the Kosgoda
police said that the van or bus driver would have fallen asleep while
driving at the time. Six people were killed on the spot in the accident
and eight others were admitted to the Avissawella Base Hospital
following serious injuries.
City Traffic Police, SSP, Chula De Silva told the Sunday Observer
that whenever an accident occurs, no driver would say that he had fallen
asleep while driving. SSP de Silva therefore called upon all motorists,
especially bus and lorry drivers with heavy loads to park their vehicles
by the side of the road at least for a few minutes to have a rest while
driving long distances to avoid accidents.