Brisk Sales of Head-Protecting Gadgets in Tamil Nadu

Thanks to the Government Order in Tamil Nadu stipulating that helmets be compulsorily worn by all two wheelers including pillion riders, it is a great good news at least from the health perspective of the people. A significant number of accidents end up being fatal only because of head injuries. There is a great expectation amongst the people that the order which gets into practice starting June 1 in the metro cities of Tamil Nadu like Chennai, Coimbatore etc and July 1 on other cities would minimize the number of accidents for two wheelers and make a healthy transportation route in the state roads.

We should also appreciate UTI Bank for emphasizing the need of helmet wearing long time since. Here is a discussion on the same: “An hardware to protect the software“.

Even for business houses, this seems to be a brisk business. I saw a petrol bunk in Anna Salai yesterday while travelling to the ‘Routine Temple Trip‘ that ‘Purchase one helmet and get 200 INR HP Petrolcard for 100 INR’.

Similarly, it would be great if Government could stipulate that wearing of Seat belts in cars is also mandatory. The other day, my friend gave me a ride in the car till Pallikaranai. It was a modern new car but he hasn’t cared to have a seat belt system in his car. We have already discussed about the how rash and reckless is the traffic condition in Velacherry – Tambaram freeway. I see traffic police have put advisory notes near Anna Flyover like ‘Wear Seatbelts for Safe Journey’ in English and Tamil. But I don’t think our guys would listen to advisory notes unless a whip is brought in.

The next significant thing the Government should try bringing in stricter lane disciplines. Yesterday while returning from temple to home, I really found tough lane violations in Sardar Patel road, Adayar, which has been made one-way from Raj Bhavan to Velacherry. I could literally find vehicles darting across the lanes in thier own whims and fancies.

Would the state transportation department maintain the high spirit in making the transport cleaner instead of jumping back to slumber after the helmet project?