In the past three days, 4636 people were booked on similar charges in the city.While addressing the launching ceremony of the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that many people in the city ride their two-wheelers without wearing a helmet.
She had also directed the police to take stringent measures if anyone was found violating traffic norms.The city police’s traffic department had initiated a drive to check the menace of motorbike riders who were not wearing helmets.
The police officers, including several senior officials were seen catching numerous motorcyclists flouting traffic norms.In many cases, local youth too were got caught riding motorbikes without helmets.
The youth were astonished to find the police taking such stringent measures as earlier they had never faced such an approach from the traffic police in making wearing of helmets compulsory.
Policemen in informal clothes were also being deployed outside many petrol refilling stations to keep a watch on whether employees were giving away petrol to anyone coming in without a helmet.
A senior police officer said that policemen were being posted at all important points to keep a watch on the movement of motorcyclists.
“Besides booking them for not using a helmet, the policemen are also trying to make them understand the necessity of wearing the same by putting forward the exact count of the people who get killed in road accidents in the country every year,” said a police officer.
Within a day, the number of people riding two-wheelers without wearing helmets has come down drastically.
It is expected that soon people riding a two-wheelers without a helmet will become a rare occurrence in the city.