Staff Reporter

Awareness campaign on safety to be launched

District judge releases postersPeople should rush to help of accident victimsConcern over delay in disposal of petty cases

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Police Comissionerate here will enforce the helmet rule soon.

As a prelude to the enforcement of the law as per the January 3 directive of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in response to a public interest litigation, the police will launch an awareness campaign against driving of two-wheelers without helmet and talking on mobile phones while driving.

Principal District and Sessions Judge N. Vidya Prasad on Saturday released the posters with the message 'Wear helmet, save your life.' He also stressed the need to educate people on rendering timely help to accident victims by alerting police to save precious lives.

Review meeting

Speaking at the half-yearly crime review meeting, Commissioner of Police V.S.K. Kaumudi said the helmet rule would be enforced strictly. He said people talking on mobile phones while driving would also be dealt with as per the law.

The meeting expressed concern over delay in disposal of petty cases and hoped that with the recent appointment of four special magistrates, the disposal rate would be speeded up.

The city registered increase in number of petty cases from 4,262 in 2004 to 6,908 in 2005.

The Commisioner of Police asked the inspectors to be present in the courts from 8 to 11 a.m. for quick disposal of petty cases.