Bengaluru, Jan 13: At least one individual dies due to a two-wheeler related road accident each day on the roads of this city, Traffic Police Chief has said seeking citizen's co-operation in implementing rule that makes helmet for pillion riders compulsory.
The rule making it mandatory for pillion riders to wear helmets has come into force since yesterday amidst opposition to it from political parties and section of citizens. [Bengaluru: Mandatory for pillion riders to wear helmets]
"This move of the Government will have positive impact on safety of pillion riders. It has already been proved both statistically and medically, that wearing of helmet has lot of beneficial effects," Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic-Bengaluru City) M A Saleem said in a post on Traffic Police Facebook page.
He said in India, the available statistics reveal that the accident rate in India 35 per 1000 vehicles is one of the highest in the world.
"In recent past riding a two-wheeler has turned as seriously dangerous given the nature of traffic, indiscipline in driving and quality of road and infrastructure. At least one individual dies due to a two-wheeler related road accident each day on the roads of our own Bengaluru," he said.
Saleem said considering this and in the interest of general public who use two-wheeler, the rider and the pillion need to wear protective headgear.
Though day one was largely an easy drive for violators of the new rule, Police officials said they are lenient and focusing on educating the citizens for now and will start imposing fine from January 20. In a post addressed to the citizens, Saleem said city Traffic Police hoped that with their co-operation, implementation of this rule in the larger benefit of the road users will bring down the fatalities on the roads of Bengaluru.
Stating that the severity of head injury due to motor cycle accidents depends of the speed of the vehicle, he said studies show that wearing helmet can reduce accidents death by 20-30 per cent.
Noting that wearing of helmet reduces the impact in the incidence of road crash thereby prevents severe injuries, Saleem also said "The common reasons given for not wearing helmet are it results in hair fall, increases dandruff; very difficult to wear in summer but, these are only myths."