August 9, 2016
Even as the city police and various social organisations have constantly been emphasising on the importance of wearing helmets, the city people seem to be ignoring the same, as 1155 cases were booked on persons riding two-wheelers without helmet, in just two days.
The city police also booked a total of 1942 cases and collected Rs. 2,96,510 in the same period.
In order to curb violations of traffic rules, the traffic wing of the city police conducted two days stringent checking in various places in the city on Saturday and Sunday. An official release from the city police informed that the initiative was also to reduce the number of accidents on the weekends.
During the two days, city police had reportedly booked 155 persons for driving under the influence of drugs, and 632 other cases along with the helmet cases.
The increased number of helmet cases is throwing a bad light on road safety as, according to a higher official from the city police, more than 270 persons succumbed in Coimbatore road accidents in 2014, most of which were head injuries.
“Around 250 persons lost their lives on the roads in 2015, and 1300 others were injured. The numbers have seen a slight reduction after the helmet rule was implemented. This will further reduce if the people start respecting road rules and wear helmets,” the official added.
The checks will be conducted on all Saturdays and Sundays.