As many as 42 people lost their lives in 120 road accidents till March 31, an increase of around 28% compared to the figures for the same period last year. This was revealed by the latest figures released by the traffic department.
Last year, 33 people had lost their lives in 99 road accidents.
From January 1 to April 15, 2011, the traffic police had issued 7,736 challans to bikers for not wearing helmets. This year for the same period, 12,770 challans were issued for such offenders.
“We fine thousands of such motorists every year, but they prefer to drive without helmets. While maximum cases of road accidents involve two-wheelers, the reason for death is head injuries. Despite this fact, they ignore their own security,” said a traffic police official.
Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic) said, violations will not be tolerated. The traffic department has started to put up hoarding at various intersections educating people about the importance of wearing helmets.
In June 2011, police had issued an advisory to all the petrol pump owners in the city not to entertain two-wheeler riders without helmet.
“The police also launched a drive against two-wheeler riders without helmet. The riders should understand the importance of wearing helmets,” said Arora.
However, the advisory has not been followed by a number of petrol pumps in the city. “It would be more effective, if they take some strict action against the violators. Even if such an advisory is given to us, it would not be easy for us to sell petrol only to people with helmets,” said a petrol pump owner in Gurgaon, on the condition of anonymity.