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Hyderabad Traffic Police To Crack Down On Two-Wheeler Riders Using Half-Helmets

Hyderabad Traffic Police wants to deter two-wheeler riders from using half-helmets and, instead, go for a safer headgear that assures protection

Written By: Karanvir Singh | March 16, 2018 11:38 PM | News

Hyderabad Traffic Police To Crack Down On Two-Wheeler Riders Using Half-Helmets

New Delhi: Bikers who put looks and comfort ahead of functionality and safety by wearing half-helmets, will now have to pay fine in Hyderabad. Putting safety first, the Hyderabad Traffic Police after its crackdown on drunken driving, ear-phone driving, minors driving, is now all set to crack down on two-wheeler riders using half-helmets. Covering only the top of the head, the half-helmet provides bare minimum protection and do not do the job of safeguarding the head. Stating that these half-helmets are only useful at construction sites, the Hyderabad Traffic Police wants to deter two-wheeler riders from using half-helmets and, instead, go for a safer headgear that assures protection against the hazards connected with driving on roads.

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In a release, the Hyderabad Traffic Police said that Section 129 of Indian Motor Vehicles Act makes it mandatory for every two-wheeler rider to wear protective headgear conforming to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms.

With two-wheelers accounting for the largest share of vehicles on Indian roads as well as most road accident deaths, it is important that riders should not discard helmets as a formality, but use them as proper head gear to minimise the risk of injury. Lots of people favour half helmets since it gave great ventilation whilst riding on your bicycle along with protects your face, ears.

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According to the government data, India has among the most unsafe roads in the world. In 2015, road fatalities increased by 5.1 percent from 1,41,526 in 2014 to 1,48,707 in 2015. Two wheelers accounted for maximum fatal road accidents (43,540), which is almost 29.3 percent of the total deaths caused by road accidents. These numbers could have been significantly lower, if the riders wore proper helmets.

A study published by the United Nations also suggests that about 15,000 lives across the world can be saved each year, if motorcyclists start wearing appropriate helmets.

Pointing out how two-wheelers are one of the most unsafe modes of transport, the UN Motorcycle Helmet Study says, “Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a road crash than drivers of passenger cars. Wearing an appropriate helmet improves their chances of survival by 42% and helps avoid 69 percent of injuries to riders.”

And according to the WHO, motorists without helmets are 40 percent more likely to die from a head injury.

“We are increasing enforcement to ensure discipline and prevent fatalities on roads, given there is an increase in use of half-helmets. We are conducting workshops with students and motorists, including pillion riders, especially women, urging them to wear proper helmets for their own safety. Half-helmets are also much more likely to fly off the head in the case of an impact, even if the chin strap is well-secured,” said a senior traffic official.

Here’s what happens during an impact injury to the head:

According to doctors, when your head hits the pavement or the ground your brain is moves forward, hitting up against the bones inside the skull. It gets deformed and tears nerve fibers. The torn ones cannot heal. When you lose a brain cell, there is no replacement for it. That’s where permanent damage occurs.

“Wearing a good helmet and tying it properly can prevent loss of lives in 90 percent of accident cases. We call it helmet vaccine,” says Dr. MC Misra, AIIMS.

Also Read: Wearing Helmets – A Choice Between Life And Death

Stringent laws and a strict implementation are the only way ahead to make India’s roads safe. According to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016, riders caught without a helmet will have to pay a fine of Rs. 1000 and their driving license will be cancelled for three months. This amendment was a big step, as earlier the fine was only ₹100 only which did not serve as an effective deterrent.

2 Comments

  1. Shreedhar mudigonda

    Is the author serious about this rule? Well, I am not. NOBODY WEARS HELMETS IN HYDERABAD. if somebody tells us that there is a rule that people should wear helmets, then they are wasting your time. I think the govt. should worry about laying proper roads in the city rather than worrying about half helmets. Whether half or full deaths will happen if the roads are death traps. Especially the edges of the roads are most dangerous. During the rainy season the elevated road edges become slippery causing the motorcyclist to fall.
    What we also need urgently is pedestrian walking across the city. I am from Hyderabad and working in Beijing. Every road here has fantastic pavements to walk. You could just walk miles around the city on the foot paths. On the other hand, in Hyderabad we have paved walking spaces only in VIP localities where VIPS don’t need them. Poor people are made to walk in the dust and rich people are provided with footpaths. We have to restructure our priorities and look for the actual benefit of the people.
    Another major concern is people crossing the roads. Trust me when I say this. Go to Kukatpalli via Ameerpet and you will know what i am tasing about. NO ONE CARES ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH. PEOPLE SEEM TO BE READY TO DIE AS THEY CROSS THE ROADS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BUSES AND OTHER SPEEDING VEHICLES. Absolutely outrageous. Trust me helmets should be worn by those road crossers as well. Thank you, anyways, for this article.

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  2. Shreedhar

    Is the author serious about this rule? Well, I am not. NOBODY WEARS HELMETS IN HYDERABAD. if somebody tells us that there is a rule that people should wear helmets, then they are wasting your time. I think the govt. should worry about laying proper roads in the city rather than worrying about half helmets. Whether half or full deaths will happen if the roads are death traps. Especially the edges of the roads are most dangerous. During the rainy season the elevated road edges become slippery causing the motorcyclist to fall.
    What we also need urgently is pedestrian walking across the city. I am from Hyderabad and working in Beijing. Every road here has fantastic pavements to walk. You could just walk miles around the city on the foot paths. On the other hand, in Hyderabad we have paved walking spaces only in VIP localities where VIPS don’t need them. Poor people are made to walk in the dust and rich people are provided with footpaths. We have to restructure our priorities and look for the actual benefit of the people.
    Another major concern is people crossing the roads. Trust me when I say this. Go to Kukatpalli via Ameerpet and you will know what i am tasing about. NO ONE CARES ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH. PEOPLE SEEM TO BE READY TO DIE AS THEY CROSS THE ROADS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BUSES AND OTHER SPEEDING VEHICLES. Absolutely outrageous. Trust me helmets should be worn by those road crossers as well. Thank you, anyways, for this article.

    Reply

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