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Helmet? But it’ll mess up my hairstyle!

Neeraj Mishra, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, February 01, 2013
First Published: 13:20 IST(1/2/2013) | Last Updated: 13:24 IST(1/2/2013)

For a section of city youngsters, their hairdo is more important than safety. A few youngsters confessed to HT that they do not like to wear helmets as it messes up their hairdo and is uncomfortable. So, despite a hefty hike in the fine for bikers found riding without helmets (Rs 500 since January 21), they continue to zoom around the city roads flaunting their hairstyle.

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No wonder, the police issues challans to at least 100 helmet rule violators in the city every day.

"I don't wear a helmet because it makes my hair messy and it doesn't look cool," a 23-year-old MBA student and model Arjun Saini said. Mass communication student Bhagvendra Singh (23) gives a bizarre reason. He doesn't wear a helmet as he is scared of going bald by doing so. "Also, how could one wear a helmet after applying gel on the hair?" he asks. ITI student Narendra Verma (22) says he is not comfortable riding the bike wearing a helmet. "It is really difficult to look backward while wearing a helmet," he argues.

Vivek (25), a medical representative, confessed that instead of wearing a helmet he keeps it hanging from his hand. "That way, it looks cool and at the same time I can wear it when I see policemen and get away by not paying the fine," he says.

25-year-old BHEL official Abhishek Raghuwanshi confesses to have bribed traffic police with Rs. 100 whenever caught riding a bike without a helmet.

It is clear that even the hike in fine has made no difference to youngsters who do not want to wear the safety headgear.

Last year a 'no helmet, no petrol' campaign was initiated by Bhopal district collector to make people aware about the importance of wearing a helmet.


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