CHENNAI: With the compulsory helmet rule coming into force, on Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu Udavikkaram Association for welfare of the differently abled (TNUA) and Lions Club, Chennai, hit the streets of Ashok Nagar to spread awareness about the rule. “While it has been made mandatory by the High Court, people in the city do not comply with traffic safety rules properly, so we decided to conduct this campaign and spread awareness,” said K Gopinath, general secretary of the organisation.
Around 200 members from TNUA and Lions Club distributed pamphlets and interacted with motorists at the Ashok Pillar signal. They had also put up hoardings that read, ‘Hell is met, if you forget to wear helmet’ and ‘Don’t end up to death, protect your head by wearing helmet’.
“We hope the new rule is abided by all and we come across lesser accident cases,” said M Udaikumar from Lions Club, Chennai. On similar lines, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI), launched their extensive campaign – Honda Helmet Awareness Drive on Wednesday. This campaign will be held across cities including Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Salem, Tiruchy, Perambalur, Krishnagiri, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Theni, Tirupur, Sivakasi, Rameswaram, Thoothukudi, Ariyalur and Mayiladuthurai.
Yadvinder S Guleria, senior vice-president-Sales and marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd, said, “It is indeed a great initiative by the Tamil Nadu Government to promote safe two-wheeler riding. As a responsible corporate, we support this initiative to promote the use of helmets and reduce significant number of fatalities caused by road accidents.”