Visakhapatnam

Helmet must for pillion rider too

Two-wheeler riders try to evade the police by stopping the vehicles on road margin in Visakhapatnam.   | Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK

Now helmet rule has been made compulsory for both the two-wheeler rider and also pillion rider.

The City Traffic Police have taken up the drive under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act – 1998 and they have decided to impose fine from ₹100 to ₹200 for pillion riders.

“To begin with we have taken a drive against youngsters and students and we will slowly take it up against others in a phased way,” said ADCP (Traffic) M. Ramesh Kumar.

Accidents on the rise

Despite the police initiating a number of preventive measures, accidents involving two-wheelers are on the rise.

Of the total of 237 accidents recorded from January to February in 2018, two-wheeler drivers were responsible for about 76 road accidents. In two-wheeler road accidents about 19 people died and as many as 67 were injured, while in four-wheeler road accidents, six died and 59 were injured, said Mr. Ramesh Kumar.

Of the 19 deaths in this year, 80 % of them were in the age group between 18 and 35 years and 90 % of them were not wearing helmets and had died due to severe head injuries, said ACP (Traffic) K. Prabhakar.

Mr. Prabhakar said, “Most of the fatal cases involving two-wheelers, the cause is head injuries. When wearing a helmet can save a life, why not wear it. One should realise that a death in a family, especially if he or she is the breadwinner, the entire family is ruined.”

According to a survey by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in Andhra Pradesh, 2,662 two-wheeler riders died in road accidents in 2016. Of the total, 477 motorists, including 18 women two-wheeler riders, who were not wearing helmets, were killed.

Apart from enforcing the rule, the Traffic Department will also be embarking on an awareness drive. “We will target all segment in a phased manner, as awareness alone can change the attitude towards road and personal safety,” said Mr. Ramesh Kumar.


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