Police warn bicycle, marathon race organisers
Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said that marathon and bicycle
races should be conducted in the morning on holidays to avoid
inconvenience to other road users. “There
been instances where people have met with fatal accidents on the roads
due to the carelessness of organisers of bicycle and marathon races.”
Organisers who travel in vehicles at bicycle races should not lean out
of the vehicles,” he said.
He told the Sunday Observer that policemen have been instructed to
take action against organisers who disregard traffic rules while
conducting bicycle and marathon races during the festive season. “Noise
pollution is another factor that we are looking into”, the spokesman
He said that 6,000 policemen have been deployed in the Colombo city
and in the suburbs of Colombo to protect shoppers during the Sinhala and
Tamil New Year against pickpockets and snatch thieves at shopping malls
and in crowded places such as at bus stands and railway stations.
He said policemen in mufti will mingle with the shoppers and keep an
eye on pickpockets. The special traffic plan drawn up by the police
during the festive season will come into force from tomorrow.