Motorcycle rally flagged off to mark Road Safety Week in Salem
‘Wear Helmet. You have dependents’, this was the strong message communicated to the people by the city police during the road safety awareness rally taken out here on Saturday.
Organised by the Traffic Wing of the City Police as part of 24th Road Safety Week, City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali flagged off the motorcycle rally on Yercaud Main Road.
It passed through Hasthampatti Roundtana, Sarada College Road, Five Road Junction, New Bus Stand and Four Road Junction, before culminating at District Collectorate.
More than 300 participants, including members of the public, college students and police personnel, wore helmets and carried placards with messages such as ‘Be Safe, Wear Helmet’, ‘Stay alive, don’t drink and drive’, and ‘Avoid mobile phones while driving’. They also created awareness about traffic rules among the people.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Mahali said that of the total 147 lives lost on city roads last year, 65 persons were motorcycle riders and pillion riders without helmets.
“This is 44 per cent of the total deaths on roads. Wearing helmet should not be seen as liability and riders should feel proud of wearing helmet while driving,” he added.
Asked about steps taken to reduce pedestrian deaths on roads as 64 pedestrian deaths were reported in 2012, Mr. Mahali said that more zebra crossings would be installed in the city for facilitating pedestrians to cross roads safely.
City police have registered a total of 24,380 cases for not wearing helmets and collected a fine of Rs. 24.48 lakh last year. “Drive against those who do not wear helmets while driving will continue,” he added.
Deputy Commissioners of Police J. Ravindran (Crime and Traffic), A.G. Babu (Law and Order), Assistant Commissioner K. Radhakrishnan (Traffic) and police personnel were present.
Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Salem Division, and Regional Transport Office also organised rallies in which over 2,000 participated.
Members from motor driving institutes and Salem District Motor Bike Mechanics Association also took out a rally stressing the importance of following traffic rules.