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Pune traffic police to lead by example; Implement the compulsory helmet rule

Thursday, 5 June 2014 - 8:49am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: After the traffic police department issued orders against helmet-less riders, as many as 15 policemen of Pune Commissioner’s office have already faced the wrath of the law during last one week. What’s more, over 300 helmet-less cops have faced action in the last 28 months. 

Moreover, instead of taking strict action, the cops have also been given a verbal warning and imposed with a fine of Rs100. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic), Vishwas Pandhare is of the view that unless his officers don’t wear helmets while riding two-wheelers, he won’t be able to take action against the citizens. “We do not want to rush through the compulsory implementation of the helmet rule. Instead, we want to spread awareness amid the citizens strategically so that they start obeying the rules,” Pandhare.
Pandhare added,”Besides the fact that 300 people were caught since 2012, we are going to take strict measures and give verbal warnings. We are going to intensify the drive in the coming days and ensure that not a single police officer is allowed to enter inside the police commissioner’s office without a helmet while riding a two-wheeler.” 
As per the data obtained from the city traffic police department, 211 helmet-less riders lost their lives in 2013. “Our main objective is to bring down the increasing number of fatal accidents. Out of 211 people who were killed in 2013, only three were killed who were wearing helmets. That is why we want to send a strong message midst citizens about the importance of wearing helmets,” said Pandhare.

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