The number of cases of people not wearing a helmet has risen by almost 1.5 lakh from 2018 to 2019.
According to Aditya. P, a student, “I do not wear helmet because I get late for my work and the traffic police doesn’t stop me as well.”
According to Kavitha. K, ACP Traffic and Planning, Traffic Management Centre, “We have created awareness regarding the violation of the helmet-rule in schools and public places. People should care for their life. As long as they do not do it, nothing can be done.”
According to a report by the Times of India, 16.5 lakh cases were booked in Bangalore due to the violation of the helmet-rule. However, according to the data of Bangalore Traffic Police, the number of cases of violation of helmet-rule in 2019 have gone up to more than 17 lakh 90 thousand in the city.
According to M N Sreehari, a traffic adviser and consultant, “The fine for violation of helmet-rule has been reduced. So the people think that there is no use of putting on a helmet. It is better to re-evaluate the fines so that at least people will understand the importance of the rule. When the fine was increased, the main objective of the traffic police was to see whether people follow it or not. But nobody is following it now.”
The traffic adviser also says safety is important as violators can face accidents.