Wrong Turn

The popular use of motorcycles in the North Western province is earning it a reputation for the most severe, often fatal road accidents in the country. The popular use of motorcycles in the North Western province is earning it a reputation for the most severe, often fatal road accidents in the country.

The North Western province is also home to Kurunegala – Sri Lanka’s motorcycle capital, offering assorted wheels and spare parts not even found in the city.

Road accidents in Sri Lanka have been increasing each year, faster than the growth in population or even the economy but slower than the growth in its vehicle fleet.

There are over a 1000 accidents each week with about five to six people killed every day, most of them in the productive age group of 14 to 59 years.

But though most accidents occur in the heavily motorised Colombo city, the highest and most severe fatality rates are actually in the North Western province and the Southern province.

“The most unsafe in terms of roads is the North Western province followed by the Southern Province, with the severity of accidents also very high,” Chairman of the National Trans