Jamshedpur, May 8 : Concerned over the rising cases of road mishaps, the district traffic police have intensify checking the helmets of riders and pillion-riders too and also ensure that the visor of the head-gears is clean and in good condition. Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Vivekanand Thakur said that the decision was taken in view of the spate of road mishaps in the city.
“Considering the rising cases of mishaps taking place the two-wheeler riders will have to wear helmet. We are conducting random helmet checking drive, and if found then rider without a helmet, then he or she will have to pay a penalty as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act,” said Thakur. He went on add that women pillion-riders will also have to follow the rules.
“We have taken the decision for making the pillion-rider too wear a helmet because the number of pillion-riders falling victim to fatal road mishap in and around the steel city is increasing. The decision to enforce wearing helmet on the pillion-rider is in accordance to the Motor Vehicle Act,” said an official.
The senior traffic police officer referred to the tragic road mishap which took place near Garamnalah in Sakchi recently where a a 52-year-old Tata Steel employee, Sanjay Singh, and his 22-year-old daughter died in a road mishap. Both were traveling without helmets.
In another road mishap on the Dimna Road in Mango, a middle-aged man, S K Sarkar, a former employee of Tata Steel was killed after being hit by a truck while crossing an intersection at Dimna Road square on Tuesday. He was a resident of Dimna Colony was rushed to the Tata Main Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
As per information from January 1 till today in all 63 persons have in road mishaps at Jamshedpur. When in most of the cases, the mishap took place between a truck and a two-wheeler. In three cases the pillion rider was also killed along with the two-wheeler rider. Of the 63 mishap deaths in the city, five persons were killed despite wearing a helmet.
Speaking about the measures being taken for curbing the mishaps on the city roads, the DSP (traffic) said that they have put up about 200 hoardings across the city so as to create awareness for riding by wearing helmets, not to do drunk driving, tighten seat-belt while driving and avoid triple-riding. He said apart from the hoardings, the department has put speed-breakers at wherever they felt necessary.