In a first step towards strict implementation of traffic rules and making helmets compulsory for two-wheeler riders,the traffic control branch of city police on Friday fined 100 police personnel in 24 hours for not wearing helmets while riding their bikes.
In 2011,as many as 463 persons died in road mishaps in Pune city. Of these,215 were two-wheeler riders not wearing helmets,152 were pedestrians,57 were in four-wheelers and 29 were riding other vehicles. The traffic police are creating awareness among citizens on the importance of wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers. As a first step,we have started taking action against our own cops who were found riding without helmets. This will send a strong message to the citizens, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic),Vishwas Pandhare.
As per the instructions of the Pune police commissioner Meeran Borwankar,Pandhare had passed an order last month making helmets compulsory for policemen riding bikes in the city. Since Thursday,traffic police started taking action and fined defaulting cops Rs 100 each. A few cops attached to the traffic control branch were also fined for riding without helmets.
Pandhare said so far,100 cops have been fined Rs 100 each in various parts of the city,including the Pune police commissionerate. We will continue taking action. We have informed cops at all police stations in the city to follow the orders strictly. Action will also be taken against cops in plainclothes, said Pandhare.
This is an attempt to create awareness among the citizens so as to bring down the fatalities in road mishaps in the city, he added.