Traf­fic po­lice crack down on bik­ers with­out hel­mets

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUM­BAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: After con­duct­ing a ten-day drive in Zone I to crack­down on two-wheeler rid­ers and pil­lion rid­ers for not wear­ing hel­met while driv­ing, the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice started sim­i­lar drive in zone 2 from Thurs­day.

The drive is be­ing un­der­taken by the traf­fic po­lice unit and the Re­gional Trans­port of­fice (RTO) Pan­vel who have started catch­ing of­fend­ers in ar­eas such as Pan­vel, Kamothe, Kalam­boli and Kharghar.

The move has been taken fol­low­ing an or­der from the Ma­ha­rash­tra state trans­port de­part­ment which has made it manda­tory for even the pil­lion rid­ers to wear hel­met while rid­ing on a two-wheeler.

In the zone I drive, the traf­fic po­lice booked more than 10,000 mo­torists and col­lected a fine of over Rs10 lakh.

Of­fi­cials said that a ma­jor­ity of the road ac­ci­dents in­volve two-wheeler sand bike rs suf­fer se­vere head in­juries be­cause of rid­ing with­out hel­mets.

“We have started the drive long with traf­fic po­lice in our ju­ris­dic­tion to im­ple­ment the new rule of pil­lion rid­ers wear­ing hel­met. It is nec­es­sary that the rid­ers them­selves un­der­stand the need to wear hel­met to safe­guard their own lives,” said Anand Patil, deputy re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer (RTO) of Pan­vel.

Of­fi­cials from the traf­fic de­part­ment said that driv­ing with­out hel­met is one of the most com­mon of­fences by mo­torists.

Un­der sec­tion 129 and 177 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, it is manda­tory for a two-wheeler rider and the pil­lion rider to wear a hel­met and those found vi­o­lat­ing the pro­vi­sions can be slapped with a fine of min­i­mum Rs100.

OF­FI­CIALS FROM THE TRAF­FIC DE­PART­MENT SAID THAT DRIV­ING WITH­OUT HEL­MET IS ONE OF THE MOST COM­MON OF­FENCES

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