Accent on need to wear helmets for safety

To save lives:Students and police personnel took out a rally in Erode on Saturday to spread awareness of the importance of wearing helmets.— PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN  

Police personnel along with college students, owners and employees of driving schools took out a motorcycle rally in Erode on Saturday encouraging the two-wheeler riders to wear helmet.

The rally was organised as a part of the Road Safety Week which concluded on Saturday. Students from Sri Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College participated in the rally.

Carrying placards with awareness messages about safe driving and prevention of head injuries, the participants went through busy areas of the town including Gandhiji Road, Panneer Selvam Park, Brough Road, Perundurai road and Kumalankuttai.

Flagging off the rally, Superintendent of Police S. Paner Selvam appealed to the vehicle users to adhere to the rule strictly and help reduce the number of fatal accidents in the town. A majority of the riders who sustained injuries in the road accidents died due to head injuries, which could have been averted had they worn helmets, he pointed out.

The participants also affixed bull's eye stickers on the headlamps of the vehicle and distributed handbills carrying information on traffic safety. They urged the vehicle users to avoid talking in mobile phones while driving.

“Using a mobile phone while driving significantly impairs a driver's reaction time, ability to judge safe gaps in traffic and ability to maintain speed and position on the road. The practice will often result in poor judgement leading to accidents,” they pointed out.