'Helmets are important', it is unfortunate that the police have to run campaigns to make road users in India understand this very basic but very relevant information. Bengaluru police have put in a little extra effort in spreading this message. In a latest tweet, the police department shared a poster, with the ever popular Darth Vader from Star Wars, that says "ask Darth Vader, the death evader - your helmet, your safety".
Helmets are the most important safety net when a motorcyclist is involved in a crash. While, breaking a leg may be inevitable at times, protecting the head can save lives. Wearing a helmet for most of the motorcyclists in India is only a way of evading police challans. People need to understand that the purpose of a helmet is to save your life and not just save you some bucks if pulled over by the police.
You get to chose your helmet yourself,
Chose it wisely.
Rarely you get to plan your own safety !! pic.twitter.com/bXXxjtIody
— DCP Traffic East (@DCPTrEastBCP) May 19, 2017
Wearing a helmet should be a decision that stems from the feeling of self preservation. You may be confident with your riding skills, yet those skills will not provide protection should you be involved in a mishap.
Helmets with Dot or Snell safety standards are now easily available in India, however these may be a bit too expensive for some. One could instead opt for cheaper helmets, but must always check if it meets basic safety requirements. Rs 100 can get you a helmet too, but be advised that it will only evade a challan and not protect your head.
Wearing a helmet is for your own protection, or as Darth Vader says in one of the Star Wars films: "You are unwise to lower your defences." The Jedi's helmet was what kept him alive in the film, Bengaluru police want you to understand that it will do the same for you.
We applaud the Bengaluru police's effort in the matter. They also went on to share another poster that highlights the relevance of zebra crossings. They are not just a decoration. Using zebra crossings is safety precaution for the pedestrians.
The ONLY person you can change, improve & update is YOURSELF !! pic.twitter.com/F8VjVj1ntM
— DCP Traffic East (@DCPTrEastBCP) May 18, 2017
Manufacturers and the government are now constantly working on ways to spread awareness on road safety. Maruti held its Road Safety Mission 2016, indicating the improvement areas as well as the strength of infrastructure, awareness as well as traffic sense amongst people in select Tier I cities which were Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari attended the event and pointed out that despite enforcing rules, commuters in India flout the same every now and then. Read more about the road safety mission here.
In another instance of efforts to improve safety on highways, HP Lubricants and Leo Burnett India have come together to develop a system that involves roads that would honk. Read all about it here.
The first prototype of the system is currently being tested on NH1, the highway connecting Jammu and Srinagar, which is known for being one of the most dangerous roads in the world.