Udupi: The Udupi district police started to impose fine on the users of two-wheelers if they ignored the new helmet rule that makes it compulsory for pillion riders to wear helmets from Monday February 1.
After a week-long campaign on creating awareness about the new rule, the traffic police levied a fine of Rs 100 each against the violators.
In Kundapur as part of spreading public awareness, the police distributed roses to riders and pillion riders who had started to wearing helmets. The move was to encourage people respecting the rule.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, Superintendent of Police, Annamalai K said that all most all police stations had received an average number of violations cases across the district. As many as 715 motorists who rode with pillion without helmet were penalised on first by the Police across udupi district The police officials had noticed that many people had started wearing helmets, voluntarily. “It is a good sign that many people are already wearing helmets. We want people to voluntarily follow the rule and not by force. In the coming days traffic police would be stricter. They should understand that helmets are for their own good and not for the police,” he added.
Annamalai further said that first-time violators will be fined Rs. 100 each and the fine will increase to Rs. 200 and Rs. 300 for second and third-time violators, respectively. If anyone is found ignoring the rule even after getting penalised, the department will recommend for suspension of driving license of such violators.