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Riders say no to order of Collector and helmets

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Wearing of the headgear made mandatory from Monday

Breaking rules:Both men and women riders of two-wheelers travel without helmets in Tuticorin on Monday.— Photo: N. Rajesh
Breaking rules:Both men and women riders of two-wheelers travel without helmets in Tuticorin on Monday.— Photo: N. Rajesh

Collector Ashish Kumar’s dictum to bike riders on wearing helmets compulsorily from November 19 (Monday) had no positive response, as more than 50 per cent of the two-wheeler riders chose to ignore it.

Though Superintendent of Police J. Rajendran had announced that the police would take action against the bike riders who were not wearing helmets, more than 25 per cent of the two-wheeler riders chose to ignore the instruction.

Even after the police slapped fine on the offenders, the SP’s instruction was still confronted with resistance.

Against this backdrop, the district witnessed as many as ten fatal accidents involving two-wheeler riders within a short span of just 15 days in the recent past, which compelled Mr. Ashish Kumar to state that all bike riders should wear helmets from November 19.

When the order came into effect on Monday, more than 50 per cent of the bike riders chose to ignore the Collector’s dictum.

As the police too did not take any action against the violators, the number of lawbreakers increased substantially towards the evening.

“We’ve not received any formal instruction from the Collector in this regard and there is no need for us to enforce it on the road,” said an Inspector of Police.

When this problem was brought to his notice, Mr. Ashish Kumar said he had already given adequate instruction to the police during the weekly law and order review meeting.

“I’ll speak to the Superintendent of Police to implement the rule very strictly from Tuesday (November 20),” the Collector said.


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