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Need to wear helmets while riding two-wheelers highlighted

Awareness: A rally being taken out by police and public at Rameswaram on Saturday.Photo: L.BALACHANDAR
Awareness: A rally being taken out by police and public at Rameswaram on Saturday.Photo: L.BALACHANDAR

The island traffic police, joined by the public, took out a traffic awareness rally here on Saturday, ahead of the road safety week to be observed here from January 11 to 18.

More than 100 police, Lions Club members, Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple staff and the public took part in the two-wheeler rally, highlighting the need for wearing helmets, Mr K.Manivannan, Traffic Inspector of Police, said.

He said the rally was flagged off at the bus stand here by Municipal Chairman A.Arjunan in the presence of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) T.Vijayakumar. The rally covered a distance of about 10 km, touching railway station, Melavasal and Lakshmana Theertham points, he said.

Pamphlets were distributed calling upon people to adhere to traffic rules and stressing “dos and don’ts” while driving four wheelers and riding two wheelers and ensure the new year accident-free in the island.

During 2013, the traffic police booked 5,051 traffic violation cases and collected a total fine of Rs. 8.85 lakh, he said and called upon vehicle users to reduce the number of cases this year.

The total number of fatal and non-fatal accident cases during 2012-13 had come down by 50 per cent in the island compared to the previous year, Mr Manivannan said citing reports available with the Regional Transport Office (RTO).

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