Help­ing ac­ci­dent vic­tims: Pro­tec­tion for Good Sa­mar­i­tans

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

the Foun­da­tion for Civil­ian Brav­ery, an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­ted to pro­tect life and pro­mote safety mea­sures.

Ear­lier the bench com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Priyasath Dep and Jus­tice Prasanna S. Jayawar­dena di­rected the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Depart­ment to form a com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the re­spon­dents cited in the pe­ti­tion to iden­tify the causes for peo­ple’s re­luc­tance to help ac­ci­dent vic­tims and for­mu­late guide­lines.

When­ever a by­stander or vol­un­teer makes a phone call to in­form the po­lice or emer­gency ser­vices for the per­son ly­ing in­jured on the road, he shall not be com­pelled to re­veal his name and per­sonal de­tails over the phone or in per­son, ac­cord­ing to a pro­vi­sion of the In­dian reg­u­la­tions reads.

Mr. Chan­draratne in his pe­ti­tion pointed out that peo­ple were re­luc­tant to help ac­ci­dent vic­tims be­cause they did not want to go through the has­sles in po­lice sta­tions and courts. He said many ac­ci­dent vic­tims had been left to fend for them­selves and some 319 vic­tims had died in the past five years as a re­sult.

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