City traffic cops had launched a drive against two-wheeler riders sans helmets from November 18-29. In 11 days, (drive was suspended on Nov 26), cops penalized over a lakh riders who paid up a good over Rs 1 crore as fine! While the Day 1 fetched Rs 6.51, the highest fine was collected on November 20 wherein 15,139 cases were registered.
Cops say that the drive also revealed how citizens compromise their safety citing reasons ranging from claustrophobia, vanity and even plain amnesia. Interestingly, cops said many carry helmets on themselves; just it is not on their heads but in the glove box of their two-wheeler! Sanjay Kharat, DCP, City Traffic (West) said despite compulsory helmet rule enforced for over a decade now, low compliance remains a grave concern.
“In 2018, 265 fatal cases were recorded till mid-November. Alarmingly, over 60% of these were two-wheeler riding sans helmet. We have now started enforcing the rule strictly to ensure higher compliance,” said Kharat. Traffic officials said people give all kind of frivolous excuses for not wearing helmet. “Many people, especially youngsters would stash a helmet in the glove box or hang it around the side glass fearing it would ruin their hair style,” said traffic police inspector KD Nakum.