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1.33 lakh bikers booked for riding without helmets

Puja Chagoiwala, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 16, 2013
First Published: 10:17 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:22 IST(16/8/2013)

Riding without helmets is another offence most commonly committed by bikers, say traffic officials.


This year, more than 1.33 lakh bikers have been booked for riding without helmet, and more than 49,000 for jumping the signal.

In a recent incident, Manish Sharma, 24, riding without a helmet, was killed as his vehicle collided head-on with a BEST bus at Santacruz (East).

Serious injured in the head, Sharma died on the spot.

“Riding without helmets poses a threat to the life of the rider. Youngsters need to realise this. In most accidents, bikers die as they sustain grievous head injuries,” said Allka Shah, member of a Road Safety Advisory Board to the Mumbai police.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Mumbai traffic police, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists are the most vulnerable road users, having contributed 82.8% to the total number of deaths on the roads last year.

Of these, 31% were motorcyclists alone.

“This year, till June 30, we have fined 1,33,476 bikers for riding without helmets, 49,778 for signal jumping, among other offences. A total of 3,51,408 bikers have been booked in the first half of this year for various offences under the Motor Vehicles Act,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police, traffic.

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