Help­ing ac­ci­dent vic­tims: Pro­tec­tion for Good Sa­mar­i­tans

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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