New system to detect speeding vehicles on expressways

Published : 9:16 am  October 12, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (421) reads | 

By Ajith Siriwardana   
Steps were being taken to establish a speed detector system at the Southern and Katunayake Expressways so that the speeding drivers could be fined at the Exit Points, Expressway Operation, Maintenance and Management Division Director S. Opanayaka said yesterday. 

He said this was to minimise the increasing number of accidents on the Expressway involving over-speeding vehicles.   
Mr. Opanayaka said most of the accidents reported on the Expressway during the last three months had been caused by over-speeding vehicles.   

“Even though the speed limit on the Expressway had been limited to 100 kmph, it was reported that most of the vehicles violated the restrictions. We do not have a sufficient number of speed detectors at present nor do we have night vision facility to function at night,” he said.   

He said the new system would be operational round the clock as it was equipped with night vision and added that speeding drivers would be given a spot fine at the exit point. 

“According to the new system, the errant drivers would be given a video clip of the over speeding vehicle at the exit point and no one would be able to escape after the offence.  The Expressway Police would be trained to use the new system,” he said. 

Mr. Opanayaka said the new system would be in place within the next two months and added that the initial test would be done by the end of this month.   

“We would be able to install the system within two months. Procurement procedures are in the final stages,” he said.