‘No Helmet, No Flyover’: Traffic Police Launches Strict Inspection & Sensitization Drive In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: In view of the spike in accident cases involving two-wheelers, traffic cops have tightened their belts to check riders without helmets and spread awareness about road safety. On Tuesday, transport department interceptors caught hold of several helmet-less bike and scooter drivers near NH-16 flyover between Rasulgarh-Khandagiri stretch and sensitized them to mandatorily wear helmets.

The people were asked to pull to the side and were questioned on the absence of a helmet. Many had their helmets hanging on the handles and immediately put them on. Others were given a warning and let off. Few rash drivers were also asked to get their helmets from home and then proceed to their destinations.

RTO-II Sanjay Kumar Behera said, “The main reason of accidents is high speed driving by two-wheelers that too without helmets. Therefore, District Road Safety Committee has decided that for one month, we will not allow people without helmets to use the bridges. Police, traffic and Odisha Motor Vehicle Department’s administration will sensitize and spread awareness in the key points between Rasulgarh and Khandagiri.”

“After one month, if this does not turn out to be fruitful then, we will only allow two-wheelers to use the service roads. Because, sometimes people do not understand and conducting checks on the bridges is not possible,” he added.

In the mean time, positive effects were already visible after Tuesday’s checks. A young student Rudra Madhab Das, who had earphones on but was not wearing helmet said, “I have understood that my liofe is more important than music. I have forgotten my helmet in the room. I will go back immediately, bring my helmet and then go to college.”