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The government of Sri Lanka, whose roads are among the world’s most dangerous, said it would crack down on rash driving after the island’s worst train-bus collision killed 35 people. The government of Sri Lanka, whose roads are among the world’s most dangerous, said it would crack down on rash driving after the island’s worst train-bus collision killed 35 people. The pledge came as Sri Lanka’s press demanded better road safety and asked the government to “rein in asphalt cowboys”.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said Thursday he would seek a complete overhaul of traffic laws, implementation and rules governing public transport following Wednesday’s railway crossing disaster.

“We need to take a fresh look at the entire system,” Rajapakse told AFP. “Sometimes police are too lenient. I have seen some drivers back on the roads a few days after being responsible for fatal accidents.”

The bus which crashed Wednesday had driven on the wrong side of the road, raced through a red light and went through a railway barrier only to be hit by an express train at Polgahawela in the island’s northwest, witnesses said.

The packed vehicle was dragged 55 metres (yards) after being s