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ISI-mark helmet usage will be made compulsory from October: Desai

PANAJI: Announcing the schedule of 4th Goa Road Safety Week, the transport director Arun Desai said that wearing of helmets with ISI mark will be made compulsory for the riders and pillion riders of two-wheelers from October across the state including villages.
The announcement came in the backdrop of rising deaths due to accidents involving two-wheelers.
Transport department will observe the 4th Goa Road Safety Week from September 8-13 and the theme will be ‘Use your head, wear helmet.’
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Desai said that the safety week will highlight the importance of wearing the helmet.
The transport and traffic departments have planned to carry out mass awareness campaigns on helmet usage, he said adding “we hope to reach out to almost 50 per cent of the total 7 lakh two-wheeler riders in the state and emphasise the need for safe road travel by taking up activities to promote the
concept.”
He said that “we will educate maximum riders and by the month of October we will implement compulsory use of ISI-mark helmets on all types of roads failing which a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed on riders as per section 129 of MV Act.”
The road safety week will be inaugurated on September 8 at V M Salgaonkar College, Miramar at the hands of Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar and concluding function will be held at St Andrew School, Vasco, on September 13.
Desai further stated that “during the campaign we will also maintain a database on number of riders being educated and we have also instructed the executive staff to carry out awareness programmes in all educational institutions throughout the week.”
Emphasising the importance of helmet usage, Desai said that a survey has revealed that 70 per cent of the deaths reported due to accidents in the state were due to head injuries and involved two-wheelers.
“We are concerned about the safety of the riders as well as pillion riders and I have seen many a times though the riders carry helmets with them but they never wear them,” he added.
When questioned about the action taken in drunken driving cases, Desai said that during the last one month the ADTs received 250 such cases which were referred by the traffic department for cancellation/suspension of licences and that enquires are at initial stages.

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