The helmet rule, which has failed on four different occasions earlier due to protests from various sections, will be implemented once again, this time in a phased manner. The traffic police will first make two-wheeler riders aware of the importance of wearing a helmet, before cracking down on violators. The wearing of helmets is compulsory in many cities. Analysis by the Road Transport Authority (RTA) shows that 70 per cent of deaths in road accidents are caused by head injuries.
Speaking at the launch of the sticker campaign during the ongoing Road Safety Week, joint transport commissioner Panduranga Rao said that 1.20 lakh people die in road accidents each year in the country and the number of deaths has crossed 15,000 in the state this year. AP has the fourth highest road accident fatalities in the country. Despite the appalling figures, road safety isn’t getting the importance it deserves. “The subject needs much more importance and focus from various related departments like transport, urban development and health development. Meetings are held separately by the departments. There must be increased co-ordination and overall planning in dealing with road safety which involves engineering, road design etc.,” said additional commissioner of police (traffic), C.V. Anand. He said helmets will be made compulsory but in a slow and phased manner.