The Greater Chennai traffic police have once again made helmets mandatory for pillion riders on two-wheelers. In a statement, the police said that strict action would be taken against riders and pillion riders under the Motor Vehicles Act if they are found riding without a helmet in the city from Monday.
Officials said that though the mandatory helmet rule for pillion riders was already in place, it was not strictly implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As per the data released by the police, in 2021, 611 people lost their lives in two-wheeler accidents and 3,294 sustained injuries. Of the total deaths, there were 477 riders and 135 pillion riders who did not wear helmets.
In 2022, from January till May 15, 80 riders and 18 pillion riders who did not wear helmets lost their lives, the police said.
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“All motorists are requested to obey the traffic rules and extend their full cooperation to Greater Chennai police in the mission to save precious human lives and achieve an accident free city,” the statement read.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Kapil Kumar Saratkar, additional commissioner of police (traffic), said that as per the government order (G.O.) issued in 2007, it is mandatory for the pillion riders also to wear helmet. “Close to 70 per cent of the people who ride two-wheelers in the city wear helmet but those who sit behind them are not doing so. In many road accidents, we have seen the rider escaping with light injuries but the one sitting behind suffering grievous injury and in some cases dying. We are implementing the mandatory helmet rule from today and those who found to be violating it will be slapped with a fine of Rs 100 and a case would also be registered against them,” he said.
The official added that the city traffic police would continue to raise more road safety awareness through their social media handles as well through police personnel on ground.