“Wear helmet while driving…at least for the sake of your family. Think of your wife and children who are dependent on you.”

This was the message sent out by the students and teachers of Madurai Kamaraj University College here on Friday when they took out a 'Helmet Awareness Rally' on bikes through various points in the city.

Around 100 MKU College students and staff members went out on a rally carrying placards with awareness messages about safe driving and prevention of head injuries. Sponsored by the Indian Oil Corporation (Madurai Area Office), the rally appealed to the public to adhere to road rules, indulge in disciplined driving and wear helmets.

“The awareness among two-wheeler riders is increasing in Madurai. More than 30 per cent of them have started wearing helmets while driving,” said K. Nandabalan, Police Commissioner, after flagging off the rally at the college campus.

He stressed that fatal deaths on roads during driving could be prevented if people wore helmet rule as statistics showed that head injuries were major cause of death in road accidents.

R. Madhanagopal, college Principal, said that the students' rally was to create adequate awareness among the public about helmets. B. George NSS Programme Officer, said, “The support of IOC enabled us to hold the rally and our students were ready to participate in this public cause. Since the city police have started collecting fines from motorists not using helmets, this was the right time for the college to take out a rally."

V. Vijayakumar, Chief Divisional Consumer Sales Manager, IOC and D. Murali, Senior Area Manager, participated.