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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.

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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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