Cabinet approves ‘Road Safety Week’
BY THAMEENAH RAZEEK
Cabinet approval has been granted to declare an annual Road Safety Week from this year, to draw special attention to minimise motor accidents. Speaking at the weekly Cabinet Media briefing yesterday (4) at the Department of Government Information, Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Udaya Gammanpila, said the National Council for Road Safety has paid attention to implement a Road Safety Week from 21 November, which is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and to take necessary action to apprise private institutions, schoolchildren, drivers and the public to minimise motor accidents. About 8 to 10 persons are killed per day due to motor accidents at present, a majority of whom are males, and statistics show that 2,023 road accidents occurred in 2020, while 2,114 individuals lost their lives. Over 960 accidents involve motorcycles and 987 individuals have been killed. Also, around 500 deaths are reported annually as a result of threewheeler and lorry accidents, he said.