Colombo launches new CCTV traffic surveillance programme

Sri Lanka Police have officially launched a special programme today, aimed at identifying and penalizing motorists who violate traffic rules using the CCTV system in Colombo.

The inauguration of this program took place at the CCTV division in Colombo, with Public Security Minister Tiran Alles and Acting Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Thennakoon overseeing its commencement, marking the first instance of a traffic violation being detected through the CCTV system.

Colombo boasts a network of at least 108 CCTV cameras strategically placed across the city, covering key locations and flyovers.

Despite its launch today, there will also be a week-long awareness campaign for motorists to familiarize them with the program. Starting from February 1st, the implementation of traffic laws against violators will be enforced, as announced by the IGP.

Tennakoon stressed that the CCTV traffic violation identification system will enable traffic duty officers to offer efficient services aimed at reducing traffic congestion.

Furthermore, the Acting IGP explained that video evidence of the recorded offenses captured by the Traffic Division’s CCTV system will be relayed to the respective police stations, and fines will be issued to the drivers accordingly. In addition, Minister Alles has revealed plans to expand the program islandwide, incorporating the latest technology.