Helping accident victims: Protection for Good Samaritans
The Supreme Court has been informed that the Government is to formulate regulations shortly to protect "Good Samaritans" from legal and police hassles when they help accident victims.
When the Fundamental Rights ( FR) petition filed by a rights group seeking court’s directive to introduce regulations to protect Good Samaritans was taken up on Thursday, the Attorney General's Department told court that a com- mittee had been constituted to formulate the regulations and it would be incorporated into the Road Safety Law.
The committee consisting of representatives and senior legal counsel of the Motor Traffic Department, Ministries of Transport, Highways, Health and Police was constituted by the Attorney General following an undertaking to the Supreme Court earlier.
The body which met this week for the first time decided to take into consideration guidelines introduced by India. The Indian guidelines say "any bystander or Good Samaritan shall not be liable for any civil and criminal liability".
Last year, a fundamental rights petition was filed under public interest litigation by Kasun Chandraratne, President of