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Contrary to MLAs, DGP favours helmet rule, sentinels

PONDA: Reacting to the recent public outcry against the traffic sentinel scheme and the helmet compulsion rule in city areas, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Muktesh Chander said Monday in a lighter vein that the state could pass a resolution in the Assembly to obtain relief from the helmet compulsion rule in city areas.

“We are implementing what is in the law and people should not blame police or traffic sentinels for it. If heads of Goan people are made of iron and not wearing a helmet can keep them safe, then the state should pass a resolution in

the Assembly regarding it and we won’t implement any rule on the roads,” Dr Chander said.

The DGP was addressing a gathering at the inauguration function of the 30th Road Safety Week programme organised by the transport department in the Goa Engineering College at Farmagudi.

Along with him, others present on the dais were transport department director Nikhil Desai, GEC principal Dr M S Krupa Shankara and others.

The DGP also rubbished the demand of Ponda municipality councillors regarding exception to the helmet compulsion rule within city limits. “Wearing a helmet is compulsory for bikers on all the roads as per the rule,” he said.

He urged the people to adhere to the traffic rules for their personal safety and also for the safety of others. “Instead of blaming traffic sentinels or the helmet compulsion rule, people should blame the riders or drivers who don’t follow the traffic rules. Every week, five people die on the state roads and around 300 people a year. We should fight to reduce these road accident deaths and not against the implementation of traffic rules,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Desai informed the gathering that the road accident deaths on state roads decreased by 22 per cent in 2018 and claimed that various schemes launched by the police and work undertaken by NGOs and also the general public has helped the state reduce road deaths. He also talked about the importance of the road safety week and urged the people to act responsibly on roads.

Members from various organisations, individuals and some policemen were felicitated on the occasion for their contribution towards spreading awareness on road safety.

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