Cops set to target helmetless pillion riders, women now

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 21 January 2019

In the year 2018, the Pune police collected Rs 3.9 crore fine from 78,000 helmetless riders. However, this year in just 18 days, a total of 1.36 lakh helmetless riders have already been penalised.

Pune: In the year 2018, the Pune police collected Rs 3.9 crore fine from 78,000 helmetless riders. However, this year in just 18 days, a total of 1.36 lakh helmetless riders have already been penalised.
 
The fine for not wearing a helmet is Rs 500. Last year, out of the 253 road accident deaths in Pune, 182 were of two-wheeler riders and they were not wearing helmets. There are about 30 lakh two-wheelers in Pune. Now pillion riders and women will also come on the radar of the cops for not wearing helmets, Traffic Branch officials said. 

Even though politicians from all parties including the BJP have opposed the compulsory helmet rule for two-wheeler, Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham made it clear that helmet rule enforcement will continue as per the directions of the Supreme Court. 

As perTraffic Branch officials, since January 1 this year they have been penalising about 5,000 to 9,000 persons every day for not wearing helmets. Last year a total of 78,000 persons were fined including 40,000 in December alone.  DCP (Traffic) Tejaswi Satpute said, “Our aim is to save lives of people. Statistics are not our target. In many areas, we have seen about 70 percent riders wearing 
helmets.” 

Not even car drivers spared 
Many people have complained that they have issued challans for not wearing helmets, though they drive cars or autorickshaws. Police officials said they have received about 15 such cases and they have been rectified. It happens due to misreading the vehicle number and entering the same in the system to issue e-challan.

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