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wearing of helmets compulsory for all students who ride a bike starting from October 1: udupi sp annamalai

# Greetings from Udupi District Police. At the outset we would like to thank you and your administration for the excellent support you have given to the Udupi District Police. I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your notice a serious issue of the increasing number of traffic accidents and to which many young people are losing their lives. When numbers are tallied for the whole of India, for every minute there is a major accident happening and for every four minutes one person is losing his/her life. For the year 2014 a total of 1.4 Lakh people have lost their lives. We are second only to China in terms of road accidental deaths. The statistics definitely gives us a very alarming picture.

Even back home in Udupi District, the statistics are pretty grim

Year Total No. of Accidents Fatal Non Fatal Death Injury
2012 1194 152 1042 168 1502
2013 1311 231 1080 239 1670
2014 1181 199 982 220 1466

(Till July)

787 128 659 131 904

The statistics for college and School student accidents are as follows

Year Fatal Non Fatal
2013 03 32
2014 04 27

(Till July)

07 34

As any right minded person would appreciate these are not mere statistics but a story of loss of life, broken families and many distressed souls. Many a times when we analyze these accidents we have found a simple wearing of helmet in many instances would have prevented fatality. In other cases under age person (below the age of 18) driving a vehicle; driving an uninsured vehicle are also being noticed.

We believe it is our combined duty- we, as the custodians of law and you, as the place where a student is shaped up with nobility and integrity- to play a role in curtailing this accidents, many of them are eminently preventable.

As you might be aware or might have read in the newspapers, we are in the process of bringing in some major changes in the way school and college students commute. This is being done to prevent the increasing road traffic students where a lot of young people, especially in the prime of their lives are losing their lives. We are trying to make with your support and guidance, wearing of helmets compulsory for all school and college students who ride a motor bike starting from October 1, 2015. This is perfectly achievable as you are within your powers to order this measure and instruct your watchman and security guard to be strict with students who are trying to enter the campus without a helmet.

We cannot from the police dept make wearing helmets compulsory in Udupi as this requires a government order. So, we depend on your measures to make this a success. Just to make sure students are onboard with this measure we are continuously visiting many of the colleges and schools and talking to them and convincing them. Very soon we will visit your school/college as this is also a busy time for us because of Ganesh Utsav and Bakrid in the offing.

We sincerely request you to circulate this communication to all your students, their parents and discuss this in your Parent Teacher Meetings. I’m sure you will make this initiative a success with your personal intervention.

Looking forward to you meet you and your students soon.

– Annamalai K IPS

                                                                                                               Superintendent of Police

                                                                                                                  Udupi District, Udupi.

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