'Helmet mandatory for children riding pillion'

27th Road Safety Week concludes at Traffic Park in Mysuru

'Helmet mandatory for children riding pillion'

Henceforth, motorists who take their children to school should make sure that he or she is also wearing helmet.

Police Commissioner B Dayananda, on Friday, said, “It is mandatory for children riding pillion to schools also to wear helmet in compliance with the compulsory helmet rule for pillion riders.”

Dayananda, who was participating in the valedictory of the 27th Road Safety Week, organised at the Children’s Traffic Park, opposite his office on Mirza Road, here, said, children should also ensure that their parents wear helmets while riding vehicles.

IGP (Southern range) B K Singh said, “An estimated 600 people lose their lives in accidents annually in the State, exceeding deaths reported in criminal cases. While 1,800 people suffer serious injuries during mishaps every year, again exceeding injuries reported in heinous crimes like rioting, clash, murder attempt among other cases.”

So, it is imperative to introduce stringent laws to check accidental deaths that may also involve pedestrians, other than riders. Among those dead, a majority are professionals engaged in different jobs. Upon their death, the family will be devastated to an extent due to financial implications.

MLA Vasu promised to donate an ambulance from his MLA’s local area development fund to shift injured persons to hospitals in case of mishaps.

Contests

On the occasion, the city Police had also organised drawing, essay writing and debate competitions for students on the topic ‘Helmet for pillion riders.’

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