Pune cops to lead by example

Mubarak Ansari
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

To fine govt officials not wearing helmets from today

PUNE: Before starting the helmet drive against common people and penalising those not wearing the safety gear from January 1, 2019, the Pune police will enforce the same for government officials including its staff and RTO officials from Tuesday. They will also take action against the defaulters. The police will also enforce seat-belt rule for those using four-wheelers.

After Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham announced that helmet rule will be enforced in Pune from January 1, 2019, there has been opposition from some people. To send a clear message, the police will start taking action against its own personnel first and the staff of the RTO, who are tasked with enforcing traffic rules. 

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Shivaji Bodkhe on Monday said the number of two-wheeler riders killed in road accidents in Pune is huge. This has caused many families to suffer.

Two-wheeler riders must use helmets for their own protection. 

“Out of 125 two-wheeler riders who died this year, 123 were not wearing helmets. As government employees sign documents to comply with all government laws while joining the service, we are starting our drive from Tuesday against them first. As far as those opposing the helmet rule, we will talk to them and bring them on board by making them aware of advantages of using the helmets,” said Jt CP Shivaji Bodkhe. 

He said that gradually, the police will approach private companies asking them to make helmets compulsory for their employees. Later, educational institutes will also be taken on board.

“We are giving one and half month to people to buy helmets as the rule will be strictly enforced from January 1. A person will be fined multiple times on the same day for not wearing a helmet,” he added.

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