Even though the Pune traffic police tried repeatedly to convince people about wearing helmets during driving in Pune, statistics show that their efforts have gone unsuccessful and their fears have come true. Of the 208 motorists who lost their lives in accidents in 2012, only two had worn helmets. Also, in most of these fatal accidents, the victim had sustained severe head injuries.
As per sections 129 and 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, it is compulsory for motorists to wear helmets. A defaulter can be fined up to Rs100.
Traffic police is conducting various campaigns in this regard. However, it seems that people are not taking it seriously. Besides, they have distributed helmets in the city as well. The excuse given by motorists for not wearing helmets is that they face difficulties in carrying them to classrooms, market places, restaurants, etc.