ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday November 18, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 25

Turning blind eye to high beam

Most observant people would notice that private buses on the roads use high beam known as headlights in this country in the night. Has the night vision of drivers of buses gone bad for them to drive with high beam and why do the officers of the Police Force on duty in the night not observe this?

It is common to see Policemen charging drivers of cars, vans, motorcycles, and other modes of transport for numerous offences committed after sundown. I am yet to see a driver of a bus being charged for use of high beam during the night. Use of high beam within Colombo city limits was an offence in the good old days. The use of high beam is not etiquette when following a vehicle. These are disregarded by the drivers of buses as well as by the Police. Drivers of approaching vehicles are blinded by the glare. So are pedestrians, resulting in mishaps and narrow shaves.

Road discipline is deteriorating day-by-day. Over to you IGP, SP, ASP and other officers of Traffic Police. Where is road discipline heading in the Land like no other?

By Tissa Jayaweera, Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce

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