Bengaluru police have come up with an alternative solution to pay the penalty for not wearing a helmet. Instead of paying a hefty traffic fine of Rs 1000, a two-wheeler rider can buy a helmet with the same money.
An alternative way to pay fine
On spreading awareness amongst the commuters, Bengaluru traffic police on Wednesday had organized an initiative at Madiwala Junction where they have come up with a new and novel punishment. The police avoid collecting fines from helmetless riders and ask them to buy a helmet-gear with the same money. Adding homage to the people, they even handed over roses to them.
A report said that more than 25 riders without a helmet were caught within an hour and their vehicles were taken into their custody. They ordered the riders to buy a new helmet and come back with the protective gear to collect their bikes. Subsequently, the riders agreed to request and purchased helmets with the same penalty amount.
Safety is the number one priority
“Penalising helmetless riding would not yield any result. We thought of conducting the drive to make theme realize cops were just helping them ride safely,” said Gavi Siddappa, traffic police.
More than 90 people riding two-wheelers without helmet die every day in Karnataka. From nearly 1.48 lakh in 2017 and 1.51 lakh in 2018, there has been a steep increase in the number of people dying because of the failure to use safety gear. Death caused by not wearing helmets rose to 38,000 in the last year as compared to 36,000 in 2017. Tamil Nadu had the highest shares of these fatalities, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in Third.