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A reprieve for two-wheeler riders

Imposing fines on two-wheeler riders who do not wear helmets should not be the first priority of the police, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said.

It seems his comment has come as a big relief to a large section of people who do not wear protective headgear while riding two-wheelers.

Mr. Achuthanandan also said two-wheeler riders should wear helmets on their own volition. They should take such safety precautions without waiting for any prompting or insistence from law enforcers.

Criticisms

Several critics of the government’s policy of insisting on the use of helmets had accused the police of ignoring law and order issues, such as increasing burglaries, and focussing more on the safety aspects of traffic enforcement.

Many believe that Mr. Achuthanandan’s observation will prevent the police from giving too much accent on prosecuting two-wheeler riders who do not wear helmets.

G. Anand

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