Also, 30 are seriously wounded and 100 receive minor injuries in these incidents, says head of traffic accident division of the police department K.A. Kithsiri Kumara.
Deaths due to road accidents are higher than the fatalities during the 30 years of war, he said yesterday (21).
All school van drivers in the western province will have to get their eyes checked from the first week of November, said the Health Ministry.
During similar tests last year, many having cataract and other eye ailments were detected, said director general of health services Dr. Palitha Mahipala.
Chief nursing officer of Colombo National Hospital Pushpa Ramyani Soyza said most deaths due to road accidents occurred as a result of bleeding.
Most of these deaths can be prevented if the victims are brought to hospital safety and quickly, she said.
Meanwhile, the National Council on Road Safety proposes the increase in the age limit to become eligible to receive a three wheeler driving license from 18 to 25 years.
At present, the country has 1.1 million three wheelers.
Accidents involving three wheelers in the first 10 months of this year left 326 dead.