Nudged by the high court to ensure that people riding two-wheelers are wearing helmets, the administration has cracked the whip against the helmet-less riders.
In the past one week — from November 1 to November 7 — police have slapped fines against as many as 5,186 persons and they have coughed up Rs 5,12,300 as fine. And traffic police officials say that they are not going full throttle.
"In the past one week, we have only launched a checking drive for around two to three hours a day and if we start an intensive checking drive, we can very easily notch up over 2,000 challans a day," says a senior officer of the traffic department.
But, the effect of the drive is clearly visible. "Though it is difficult to give figures, we can safely say that compliance level has increased considerably, and one can see more and more people wearing helmets on the road," says ASP (traffic) Anjana Tiwari.
She adds that Indore is topping the entire state when it comes to taking action against errant two wheeler riders not wearing helmets. The drive to make people wear helmets started in Indore around a year back when the senior officers made it compulsory for all policemen to wear helmets from November 2013.
Indore zone inspector general of police Vipin Maheshwari said, "For the past one year, we have tried to spread awareness among the people. We have organised seminars, held talks in schools and colleges, and even distributed roses to the riders."
Now, the IG believes, the time has come for enforcement. "We have done our bit for educating the public now we will implement the law," he said. Not only the law, even statistics is in favour of implementing the helmet rule. According to analysis made by the traffic police, 86 persons have died in Indore because they were not wearing helmets.
"The analysis was done after careful study of the nature of the accident and what could have happened had the person being wearing a helmet," said ASP Tiwari.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that attempts have been made to enforce wearing of helmets. But earlier drives fizzled out mainly due to intervention of the courts. But this time with the high court on their side, it appears all will have to wear helmets.