Police to act tough against 'helmetless bikers'

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Chennai, Jan 7 (UNI) The Chennai city police will act tough against two-wheeler riders not wearing helmets by slapping a heavy fine on them.

Participating in a road safety awareness week programme here, Chennai City Police Commissioner Nanchil Kumaran said first time offence would carry a fine of Rs 300 and for subsequent violation, their licences would be cancelled.

By taking these initiatives, the police would be able to reduce road accidents, he added.

''As the vehicle population is increasing day by day, management of the evergrowing road traffic is a herculean task for the traffic police. Accidents can be prevented to a greater extent by conducting awareness programmes and interactions with road-users'', he said.

''We have a responsibility to protect road-users and especially youth must be sensitised on this issue,'' he added.

Mr Kumaran said about 30 CCTVs would be installed in important traffic intersections in the city to keep a constant vigil on vehicles violating signals.

The Commissioner also distributed pamphlets with messages highlighting the ill-effects of drunken driving and over-speeding.

Over 100 student volunteers of Road Safety Patrol (RSP) from various city schools took part in the programme.


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