Sunday, June 03, 2007

Going Soft on Helmet Rule

Just when, people were starting to comply with the helmet rule, Tamil Nadu Government has buckled under pressure and practically reversed its own helmet rule in just 30 hours. They didn't even wait for any studies to get scientific data on impact of helmet rule in in making the roads safer and fatal two wheeler accidents. In a hurry, Mr. Karunanidhi instructed police not to harass public over the helmet rule, giving a quick burial to the helmet rule for all practical purpose.

This sends a wrong message to the public and to the cops. Now it is neither voluntary nor mandatory and leaves lot of room for selective enforcement. This is exactly what cops would desire and as it gives them the wiggle room to target vulnerable people and extract a personal fee.