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|24th September 2015, 20:10||#1|
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Kerala High Court: Helmet mandatory for Pillion
I was among those who were very happy to hear that, Kerala high court made helmet mandatory for pillion riders too. The court lifted a government stay issued in 2003 in this. [Link]
But as far as the trolls and heated arguments going on FB and media about this rules makes me really disheartened.
It seems people in India (even the so called, educated ones) donít value their life at all.
There are innumerable reasons they put forward not to use the helmets. Some seems downright silly
Itís really sad that our social media is full of EXPERTS on all subjects under the sky. And NONE has commented it as a great move. Or it is a great move toward the safety of the people rather than money making. I wonder, how one can say all these excuses and skip on the safety of his pillion (his/her closest ones at least). I think even if a helmet reduce the chance of fatal injuries by even 5%, Itís worth the money/inconvenience .
I used to show people who give me so many points against usage of helmet, these great threads on Team-bhp (here & here (Pictorial : Why you should wear a HELMET)). Not that they will change overnight. But even it helps to improve the way they think towards safety, I feel itís worth the effort
Dear Bhpians, what do you think, will you welcome this law if enforced in whole India, even our roads and infrastructure is bad? Or you will think it as a burden on common man?
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|24th September 2015, 20:53||#2|
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I Welcome this law wholeheartedly... As a person handling road traffic accident cases on a daily basis, I can vouch that the pillion's fatality is always greater than the driver's. May be that the hit takes the pillion rider more unaware than the driver. Remember - how many cases have you read in news papers about the pillion ( often females) getting killed after a fall in gutter while the driver escapes scratch less . I cannot understand why people are not giving any value to themselves or their loved ones. This was a rule to be enforced decade back. Pity that even with rule present , court had to intervene for implementation . You can spend 40000 to 1 Lakh for a bike and not even 1000 for your head? Please remember that fractures of hand/ leg cause less morbidity than even a trivial head injury. Even a small head injury can cause severe morbidity while a serious one can destroy your career/ job/ life. Brain injury is the most difficult one to return to normal as the brain cells has no regenerative capacity.
|24th September 2015, 22:48||#3|
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re: Kerala High Court: Helmet mandatory for Pillion
I think it will be more effective if the Govt makes helmets optional (even for riders), but strictly imposes a rule that those involved in accidents while riding without helmets (even pillions) will not be able to claim any insurance or compensation. And maybe insurance companies should treat deaths while riding without helmets as "suicide" and deny life insurance payouts as well.
|25th September 2015, 15:48||#4|
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Re: Kerala High Court: Helmet mandatory for Pillion
In many cases, you can either please anyone OR make the right decision. Take your pick.
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