Udaipur : Concerned on the increasing road accidents in the city area and deaths resulting of them, the police department has decided to get stricter with the road users. Helmet use, that had not been mandatory for the two wheel drivers so far, has been made so with effect from Dec 29. The traffic police is also getting stricter with school children, driving without license and have started imposing fines on them.
Unlike the other cities, Helmets for the two wheel drivers hadn’t been mandatory in Udaipur city. Many times earlier too, the police had tried to impose the helmet rule but everytime activists had succeeded in getting stay order from the court against the decision and evaded the rule. However, for the past few months, the upscaling number of vehicles, road conditions and traffic speed had led to an increase in the road mishaps. “ On an average, we receive 300 patients each month owing to road mishaps and 15 to 20 of them die of severe head injury” said Dr Tarun Gupta, head of the Neuro Surgery department of MB hospital here. According to experts, accident and death rate is considerably low in the cities where helmet is compulsory for the drivers and pillion riders. “ We have started an awareness campaign to educate the road users specially the youth on the importance of abiding traffic rules. We will be counseling the two wheelers to wear helmets till Sunday and then onwards, challans will be made and penalty imposed on those who violate the rules” held Rajaram Meena, the Deputy SP (traffic).
The traffic police has also initiated a drive against school children driving vehicles without license. Those children found driving without license will be penalized with Rs 500 while a penalty of Rs 1000 will be imposed on the owner of the vehicle too. Meanwhile the transport department has also issued warnings to the schools and parents. “ According to section 180 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 action can be taken against parents if their children below the age of 16 years are found driving” said Kaan Singh Parihar, the DTO.