Saturday, February 17, 2007

Enforcement is the Key

After much dilly dallying, Tamil Nadu has made helmets compulsory for both the two wheeler driver and the pillion rider. This is a no brainer really. Study after study has proven that helmets save lives. But what is common sense has not been common practice. Most common reasons cited for not wearing helmets are inconvenience, hair loss etc., But then, if the head will not survive in an accident where is the question of hair?

I have long advocated (2) for tougher helmet laws in Chennai. But, I am also skeptical as to how this law will be enforced. Will the police use this new law as another extortion avenue or genuinely enforce the new helmet rule and save lives?

ps: I don't think the order on helmets is in force yet. Not sure what's is the hold up..