Helping accident victims: Protection for Good Samaritans
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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.