The police in Thoothukudi have embarked on a novel initiative to bring down road accidents: refuse fuel for two-wheeler riders who fail to wear helmets. As part of the campaign to raise awareness on the importance of wearing helmets, the volunteers have been distributing pamphlets that say ‘No Helmet, No Petrol’.
Tiruchendur police sub division was prioritized under this awareness campaign, as there were many accidents that were reported under its limit, police said. The petrol bunk operators have come forward to extend their cooperation, officials said.
From June 1, all two-wheel riders, whether male or female, would be denied petrol if found riding without wearing helmets, warned the pamphlets, which sought cooperation from the people. To drive home the message, it also carries images of victims with the text that reads: “Your safety is our prime concern”. The SP said the motive was to educate them to be safe while riding.
This year, fatal accidents recorded in the district has come down, show official statistics. So far this year, 438 accidents have happened that claimed 87 lives. During the corresponding period last year, the numbers were 459 accidents and 140 fatalities. Efforts were on to bring down the accident rate by 20 per cent this year, added the SP.