Helmet: Concerned Assembly v/s Carefree Riders

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 03 April 2013 21:40 IST

They ride with a helmet, but on a tank

Making helmet-wearing a must on which the politicians are breaking their heads, without wearing helmets, in the Assembly.

The issue came up once again in the House today, while debating upon demands for grants of transport department.

Opposition leader Pratapsing Rane went on demanding strict implementation of the rule to wear helmet, and transport minister Sudin Dhawalikar went on hesitating.

“Enforce it with a firm hand, we all are with you”, said Rane on behalf of the whole opposition.

It is compulsory, said Dhawalikar, but kept smiling instead of giving a firm assurance when Rane started insisting on the issue.

Both of them in fact gave series of examples of how young boys and girls have died just because they were not wearing helmets.

Most of them are between the age group of 18 to 25, said worried Rane.

Adding to this, Dhawalikar said they carry the helmets but hang it on rear mirror instead of wearing it.

“The mindset needs to be changed”, felt Dhawalikar rather than simply enforcing it by issuing fine.

Rane was worried since at least one two-wheeler rider dies every day in Goa, just because he or she is not wearing a helmet.

When Dhawalikar claimed that they have enforced the rule of wearing helmet, Speaker Rajendra Arlekar quipped: “It’s in force, but not enforced.”

Goa, a tourist state of 14 lakh population including children and aged people, has over six and a half lakh two wheelers on a live register of vehicles – over 70% of total vehicles.

On an average, Goa is registering 150 two wheelers every day for the last three years. 

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