Youths flout traffic rules, don’t use safety gear

  • Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 10:03 IST

Traffic laws and road rules seem defunct for residents and commuters in Gurgaon.

Motorists in the city drive without adequate safety gear and hardly use seat belts and helmets while on the road. Those challaned in the last two months turned up to be the ones who were caught driving sans seat belts.

Around 22,602 challans were issued between January 01 and February 27 this year. Similarly, 14,506 riders were fined for riding without helmets.

Despite several drives conducted by the traffic police, offenders are not taking rules seriously.

While drivers are seen without seat belts, people riding two wheelers do not wear helmets after repeated warnings. Even school children ride without helmets and even seen riding three at a time.

“Children as young as 12 years drive scooters in my colony, that too without helmets. Here, the fault is only of the parents who fail to abide by traffic rules and put their kids’ lives in danger,” said Shalu Singh, a resident of DLF City Phase-2.

Most of the challaned offenders are youths who do not wear helmets or avoid wearing seat belts as they find it fashionable, police said.

“Youngsters love to ride twowheelers at high speed and flout traffic laws and consider that as a brave thing to do. A few feel wearing helmets would ruin their hairstyle, others wear it but ignore to lock the strap. This is a serious threat to their life” said Neha Yada, a Sohna Road resident.

Joint commissioner of police, Bharti Arora said, “Our teams are deployed across the city and we are strict towards all traffic violations. The aim of spreading awareness is to seek mass support to bring down the accident graph, which has risen due to negligence on road. Parents should also take an initiative and stop allowing their school-going children to use two wheelers.”

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