Thursday , 2 April 2020

Helmets to be compulsory in Pune

The Pune police will make wearing helmets compulsory for motorists riding two wheelers. Before enforcing the new rule, the city police will conduct an extensive awareness campaign to educate motorists and commuters. The police will also distribute helmets to 2,000 police personnel as a part of the campaign. A CD on traffic awareness has also been launched on the occasion by the city police. The CD which will be distributed to various city organisations and colleges has been prepared by a bank professional Sujeet Patharkar who has been associated with the Pune traffic police as vahtuk police mitra (friend of traffic police). The Pune traffic police has also resumed a service whereby motorists will get free alerts and advisories on traffic jams, diversions, processions, road blocks and accidents in the city.

Meanwhile a sample survey by the World Health Organisation has shown that only 18.5% of two-wheeler users use helmets in Hyderabad. About 23% of the drivers of two-wheelers are aware of the importance of wearing helmets while only 1% of the passengers felt its need. An indicator of the lack of awareness and the indifference among the drivers was the fact that helmet usage fell off dramatically during night times when police enforcement was comparatively lesser. While road safety experts have said greater enforcement was needed, they also felt the need to make helmets more comfortable so that more motorists use them.

 

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