Vinod Anand | 09 Aug 2013

QUALITY HELMET ARMOURS SKULL, SAVES LIFE, ALWAYS (Vinod Anand) A helmet is a small price to pay compared to the cost a head injury could entail. A helmet can save the life of a two-wheeler rider in case of accident, provided it is of standard quality Traffic police officials believe more than 85 per cent of helmets used by two-wheeler riders across the state do not meet 1ST standards and often cost the riders their lives. Awareness needs to be created in this matter as only 80 to 85 per cent helmets adhere to the quality standards. A sub-standard helmet compromises on safety despite the fact that one-fourth of all road accident deaths in the country involve two-wheelers. The estimated demand for helmets across the country is around 90 million per annum. But the startling fact is that sale of helmets with 1ST mark is not more than 10 million. The latest World Health Organization report on road accidents across the globe cites not wearing the helmet as the reason and it includes cases in which a rider wore poor quality as the key reasons for increase in the number of road accident deaths in developing countries. Even trauma care experts blame inadequate legislation and poor enforcement for noncompliance of helmet norms lathe country Traffic police officials while observing the traffic fortnight, on Thursday, appealed to two-wheeler riders to wear standard helmets enumerating the advantages of 1ST mark helmet Referring to recent incidents in which sub-standard helmet caused death as pieces of the helmet pierced into the head of at the time of collision, traffic officials said they would be appealing to each and every rider to wear helmet. The criteria to adjudge the quality of a helmet include resistance of penetration, impact absorption and retention of strapping quality. ISI-approved caps score highest on these scales and are the only ones recommended in the country. Traffic Inspector, I.P. Singh says, “Good quality helmets come with several benefits,” describing the benefits as lower probability of death, less severe injuries and reduced cost of medical care. A helmet may be the only protection you have if you experience an accident while riding. The degree of injury sustained by the head is reduced significantly by the helmet which is designed to cushion and protect the head from the impact of the crash. Standard helmets typically weigh about three pounds and have strong chinstraps firmly riveted to the helmet. As a big number of youngsters drive two- wheelers including fancy bikes, traffic police officials are encouraging them to wear standard helmets and ensure a smooth and safe ride. “Once you drive with a helmet on, it not only saves your life but also increases your confidence level,” advise experts. SAFETY BEGINMS FROM TOP HEAD START: A traffic slogan reads: ‘Some one is waiting for you at home’. It is an appeal to two and four-wheeler drivers to wear helmet and fasten seat belt Traffic cops visit educational and technical institutes to convince youngsters to wear helmets and apprise them about its several benefits The rising death toll in road accidents has put traffic police into action to minimize cases of road accidents Campaign underway making two-wheeler riders realize the value of their lives for their family members. The cops point out that about 85 per cent fatalities in accidents can be avoided wearing a helmet. The traffic department is also targeting mainly the office-goers, who are often in a hurry Traffic cops maintain that in most of the accidents, it is the two-wheeler riders who are killed or handicapped. Asserting that head injuries are the prime cause behind the rising graph of deaths in accidents, wearing helmet is the only solution Measures have been initiated by the department to ensure that each and every rider wears helmet. Surprisingly, some commuters could be seen carrying a helmet but not wearing it Hardly 40 per cent commuters are seen wearing helmet across the city, most of them flout the rule at the risk of life At least one person on an average dies in road accidents every day. Police investigations say this is because the riders travel at a high speed without helmet The death of 233 persons and injuries of over 268 persons in over 600 road accidents last year in Allahabad range has forced the traffic police department to chalk out an effective strategy to check the graph Traffic cops claim “We can only educate public and create awareness. It is up to the two-wheeler riders to realize the importance of life, Traffic police can force them up to a certain point but not beyond that, for example, through verbal warnings and issuing challans Hoardings mentioning the importance of helmets to be placed near accident-prone areas. Officials say they are citing examples of accidents where commuters survived just because they were wearing helmets SAFETY BEGINS FROM TOP Wear helmet when driving a two-wheeled vehicle Point out that accidents are the direct result of rash and fast driving because the driver gets hardly any time or chance to steer clear. All drivers should follow speed limit and directions under all circumstances Two-wheeler riders should make themselves and their vehicles as visible as possible during night Benefit of helmet is that they do not obstruct vision, do not cause fatigue and skin disease and also protect the neck. A helmet covering the face is safer by all mean     PAGE  PAGE 2