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Studies reveal fatalities caused by head injuries are sustained by riders not wearing helmets

Move to save lives, usher in safety culture

Remedial measures to be enforced gradually

TIRUCHI: A fine of Rs.50 would be imposed from Monday onwards on those two-wheeler riders who ride vehicles without helmets, Police Commissioner, Karuna Sagar has announced.

He had declared that wearing helmets would be made compulsory from June 20. On Thursday, he clarified that helmets would be mandatory for those riding the vehicles and not for pillion riders.

He said police studies had revealed that a large number of fatalities were caused by head injuries sustained by those riders who were not wearing helmets. The accident rate was rather high in the city where not even 10 per cent of two wheeler riders were using helmets. The move was intended to save lives and usher in a safety culture, he told reporters.

He pointed out that there was already a High Court directive on the matter and the State government had only said that the people should not be harassed on account of the rule. Cases were being booked in Chennai every day against people riding two-wheelers without helmets, he observed and assured that the enforcement of the rule was not intended to harass people.

Mr. Karuna Sagar said the city’s traffic problems were being studied and remedial measures would be enforced gradually. He had discussed the problem posed by indiscriminate parking of trucks on East Boulevard Road with the Collector and the Corporation Commissioner. The operation of motorised fish-carts, which had no legal sanction, was found to be posing a traffic problem. “We would take remedial measures in consultation with stakeholders including traders, residents and welfare organisations,” he added.

The Commissioner reiterated that the crackdown against all illegal activities including gambling clubs, sale of lotteries, pirated CDs of films/pornography and spurious liquor would continue. Over past few days, about 28,000 pirated CDs of movies and pornography, have been seized.

On Tuesday, about 760 bottles of liquor smuggled in from Puducherry were seized during a raid conducted at a house in Azhvar Thoppu here. The consignment was worth Rs.1.50 lakh. This apart, about 13,284 pirated CDs kept concealed in six gunny bags were seized from the house. Eight CD writers and other computer paraphernalia were recovered. A special team has been formed to nab the four persons, Matheen, Payas, Saleem and Khaja, wanted in the case.