Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police has plans to distribute mini helmets to pillion riding kids during the 31st National Road Safety Week which began today.
During the week, Traffic Wing of the Commissionerate Police will create awareness on wearing of helmets by pillion riders especially children.
“During this week we will distribute mini helmets. The purpose of mini helmet is to ensure safety of the child accompanying his/her parents. In a situation, if the child is not wearing a helmet it suffers the maximum damage since the child’s skull is soft as compared to adults,” said Sagarika Nath, DCP, Traffic, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack.
“We intend to make maximum people aware that there is a thing called a mini helmet and a person who is pillion riding should also wear a helmet for safety. Your safety is in your hands,” she added.
Elaborating on other areas that the police would focus during the National Road Safety Week which will conclude on January 17, Nath said that major focus areas would be spreading of awareness against drunken driving and wrong side driving.
She added that during the entire week police personnel will receive training and awareness on trauma care from critical care specialists.
The Traffic DCP said that painting and quiz competitions will be organised for the children on traffic rules to raise their awareness levels.
“We are hopeful that during our week-long activity our team will be successful in spreading the awareness message since we are losing 5,000 lives especially of youths to road mishaps in Odisha annually. It’s an alarming trend. Youth are our country’s future, if we consider the demographic dividend, youth are the major contributors to the economy, progress of the country and if we lose them on roads it’s not only a loss for their families but also for the country,” said Nath.