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The Tamil Nadu government on Monday (27th August) made it mandatory for both two-wheeler rider (rider and pillion) to wear helmets. The official release, also emphasised on the importance of seat belts while driving.
In the official release, the government appealed to two-wheeler riders to wear helmets. It also stated that all necessary actions are being implemented to improve road safety.
According to reports from TOI, as many as 7,526 people died in road accidents in the state in July. Out of these, 2,476 of them were two-wheeler riders, which translates to 40 per cent of the total accidents.
Further to this, 1,811 of the 2,476 people were riding without wearing a helmet, resulting in deaths due to critical head injuries. That accounts to almost 73 per cent of the total two-wheeler accidents in the state.
Tamil Nadu alone has registered 2.14 crore two-wheelers this year. Accounting to a staggering 84 per cent of the total vehicles registered in the state.
The official release also mentioned that the rule for headgear for both rider and pillion has been made compulsory in section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. State authorities have now been asked to enforce the direction from the Madras high court, with immediate effect.
A PIL has also been registered by activist KK Rajendran, towards the implementation of strict action against such violators. He also stated that in 2017, there were close to 3,000 deaths due to helmet-less riding.
The division bench of Justices, S Manikumar and Subramaniam Prasad stated earlier this month, that the state police have been negligent towards pillion riders wearing helmets. However, following this statement traffic police since August 16 have booked more than 10,000 such violators.
Thoughts On Pillion Riders Without Helmet
The government is following up strictly against pillion riders without helmet in Tamil Nadu. The state police have also been asked to take strict action against those who do not follow the rule. The Director-General of Police, TN, TK Rajendran has asked police superintendents to book more cases of pillions not wearing helmets.