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Annual Road Safety Week in November

Cabinet approval has been granted to declare an Annual Road Safety Week from this year for drawing special attention of society on minimising motor accidents, Co- Cabinet Spokesman Plantation Minister Dr Ramesh Pathirana said.

He was speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing yesterday at the Government Information Department.

Minister Pathirana said that about 8-10 lives are lost every day in motor accidents while most of the victims are men. Therefore, their dependents fall helpless and the number is increasing every year.

Last year, 2,023 fatal accidents have been reported and 2,114 died in them. Of them, 963 were motorcycle accidents and 987 died in them. Around 500 deaths are reported annually in three-wheeler and lorry accidents, the Minister said.

The National Council on Road Safety, therefore, has paid their attention on implementing a Road Safety Week from November 21, which is the International Day for commemorating the victims of road accidents and to take necessary action to make aware the private institutions, schoolchildren, drivers and the public to minimise motor accidents.

The Cabinet granted their approval to the proposal by the Transport Minister for declaring a National Road Safety Week from Sunday November 21 and conducting it annually in the future.