Helmets now mandatory in Chennai

“Play safe, wear helmet,” “if not fastened, it (helmet) is not protecting,” are the catchy one-liners with which the Chennai Traffic Police are yet again motivating the motorists as they have set a fresh deadline to make this safety norm mandatory. The helmets should also be ISO-certified.

Helmet-wearing was made compulsory through a government order during the previous DMK regime in 2007. But it was not strictly enforced as scores of pillion riders made a hue and cry saying that carrying helmets to drop their kids in school was very cumbersome.

Some had then even gone to courts arguing that helmets reduced the riders’ visibility and manoeuvrability.

However, the new AIADMK regime is keen to enforce the already existing law.

 “This is nothing new; we are just creating awareness and implementing the law for both two-wheeler drivers and pillion riders. However, women and children are exempted,” a senior police officer told Deccan Herald on Thursday.

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