Helmets out of fashion among Coimbatore riders
The state police are expecting each and everyone to wear helmets for all motorcycle riders by July 1. This rule is set to be the fourth time in the past eight years. It is said that barely a week away deadlines for each and every commuters. As visited city police commissioner’s office, corporation office, district collect orate, railway junction and North Coimbatore railway station for three consecutive days during peak morning hours who found that more than 85 percent of commuters are riding bikes without helmets. It is said that many motorcyclists who are helmetless are government staff, police personnel and civic body workers.
On Tuesday morning between 9.30 and 10.40am, a total of 400 two-wheeler and pillion riders entered the premises of the district collectorate, of which only 63 were found wearing the safety gear. Most of the two wheeler as the district administration officer are helmet which includes general public, journalists and police. Some carried the helmet but were lazy to wear on their head. Among those, people who wore helmet were young women and middle aged men. The case was almost similar at the corporation office on Thursday morning between 9.45 and 10.45am where a total of 223 vehicles entered the premises and only 31 riders and pillions wore helmets.
Senior police officials are conducted awareness police personnel who found driving without helmet. It is said last Friday a head constable died after crashing his against a median near Karumbukadai, he was not found wearing a helmet. Not he alone, found without helmet. Almost 75% officers entering the police commissioner’s office between 9.45 and 11am, did not wear helmets. Out of 161 policeperson, only 40 wore helmet.
At Coimbatore North railway station only 18 out of 156 people entered the premises with helmet between 7.20am and 8.30 am wore a helmet. In Coimbatore junction, helmet wearing people are slightly higher. Between 1.20 and 2.20pm last Wednesday, 16 out of 103 riders, who entered the premises, wore a helmet.
A constable was asked that why he was not wearing helmet, he replied that it was not yet to made as compulsory Another policeman said that it was very difficult to implement the rule in the city. According to the National Crime Records Bureau Records (NCRB), 254 men aged between 30 and 59 years died in road accidents in Coimbatore city in 2013.