Police nab hundreds of drunk drivers, intensify checks

By Damith Wickremasekera

A motorcyclist who rode under the influence of liquor was fined Rs. 32,000 after a court found he had no licence, revenue licence and insurance certificate.

The man was charged in the Motor Traffic Courts on Friday as Police began to crack down on the increasing numbers of drunk drivers and motor cyclists.

The Colombo City Traffic Police have successfully prosecuted 489 persons in October for drunk driving, 478 in November and another 433 for the first three weeks of December, Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekara said.

“There has been a marked increase in road accidents due to drunk driving in the past few months. We are intensifying checks particularly during this festive season to discourage the habit,” SSP Gunasekara said.

The offenders’ driving licences can also be suspended for a month or three months, the SSP warned.

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