Helmet rule: 3,000 cases being booked every day

Traffic police hold programmes to raise awareness among erring motorists

Following the orders of the Madras High Court, the helmet rule is being strictly enforced by the traffic police on both riders and pillion riders in the city. At least 3,000 cases are booked by traffic police personnel every day in the city against riders of two-wheeler for flouting the helmet rule. At least 700 to 800 challans are issued against pillion riders daily, said traffic police personnel.

Now, over 300 police officers from the ranks of sub-inspector, inspector and assistant commissioner of police are posted at road corners, issuing challans to erring motorists on the spot. Motorists are fined ₹100 on the spot.

A senior police officer said: “All officers are being instructed regularly over the VHF to ensure strict enforcement of the helmet rule. As many as 18,75,916 cases have been booked by the city traffic police between July 1, 2015 and June 3, 2019. We started enforcing the helmet rule and fining people from August 16, 2018.”

Raising awareness

Until the end of May, police personnel booked 14,072 cases against motorists under the “contactless enforcement system”, using CCTV devices. Apart from that, personnel sent challans to 8,299 erring motorists by post. To create more awareness, erring motorists are stopped at vantage points and awareness videos are screened on the danger of not wearing helmets, besides handing out pamphlets.

Awareness programmes are regularly conducted by the traffic police across the city, particularly among schools, colleges, institutions and places where a large number of people gather. Details of awareness programmes are monitored on a daily basis by senior officers. Messages are displayed on 51 LED variable message sign boards at important junctions.

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