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New laws needed, says Minister

Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday, that new laws have to be drafted to replace old and outdated laws to prevent the large number of road accidents contributing to death that keeps rising day by day.

He was speaking at a ceremony yesterday to pay compensation to hit-and-run victims where the identity of the vehicles was not known.

Family members of six victims of hit-and-run accidents were provided financial relief worth Rs. 1.2 million, while six injured people from unidentified road accidents were granted Rs. 6 million as relief, by Minister de Silva.

The Minister said that CCTV cameras should be installed at accident-prone areas to identify hit-and-run drivers and implement the law against them. “When I brought in new laws to increase fines against errant drivers, some people were opposed to it. It is necessary to change attitudes of the people to prevent road accidents,” the Minister said.