To create awareness about the importance of wearing helmets, the traffic police will organise a ‘Ride for Safety’ rally on Sunday (December 21).
The bike rally will be inaugurated by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan in the presence of Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria at the MMRDA grounds at Bandra-Kurla Complex.
The rally will go through Kalanagar to Nariman Point via Mahim and then Prabhadevi to Peddar Road. It is set to end at the starting point at MMRDA grounds, with the bikers riding back through the same route.
According to the traffic police, one of the major reasons for fatalities in road accidents in India is bikers riding without helmets. A total of 2,520 cases of accidents were reported so far this year, 475 of which led to the biker’s death.
The traffic authorities have penalised 2,51,784 bikers for riding without helmets till November this year, as compared to last year’s 2,36,207. Around 3,053 bikers were penalised under the Motor Vehicles Act during the same period.
Over the past few months, the traffic police have undertaken several campaigns to control rogue driving on city roads. One of the initiatives is a drive against bikers riding on the wrong side of the roads.
The police managed to catch 2,967 errant bikers so far this year. As many as 627 FIRs have been registered so far under the new initiative where the bikers are booked for rash driving under Indian Penal Code sections.
“Our continuous efforts have proved helpful in curbing criminal cases too. We noticed that several chain snatchers use bikes to get away after the crime. The crackdown has helped reduce such cases,” said Dr Prataprao Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police, traffic, suburbs.
Dr BK Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police, traffic, attributed the decreasing rate of accidents to the intensive drives and awareness campaigns. This year, the rate of accidents has come down by 1,050, the police said.
“We will continue this campaign and start another specialised drive against overspeeding and drink driving on December 21,” Upadhyay added.