A Helmet on Head will keep Us Alive
The number of vehicles is increasing on roads constantly. Vehicles have become an important part of our life these days. The invention of vehicles was a boon to man but it is proved to be equally dangerous when not used without proper care. More than 1, 50,000 people die every year in India due to road accidents. It’s really astonishing and lamentable that India ranks first in the list of road accidents. This is mainly due to our carelessness while driving the vehicle. Government has introduced so many safety measures but we fail miserably when it comes to following the rules. Use of helmet while riding is one among them.
It is believed that preventions are always better than a cure. Thus it is wise to move to always practice safety measures before riding the vehicle. According to doctors, 75% to 88% of death occur in accidents due to head injury. Also, the treatment is very expensive in case of the head injury. It requires long hospitalization and treatments to get cure in these cases. Keeping these all in count Leaders of Bapuji Polytechnic College, Davangere took an initiative to make people aware of helmet safety in a unique way.
On a Sunday morning, 20 to 30 students marched towards the “Gundi Circle” of Davangere. It is the main circle of the city. Most of the accidents occur in this region. The students split into small groups to execute the project. They stood around the statue which is situated in the center of the circle facing the travelers. They wore helmets and displayed different slogans like “Shirave Shirastrana” and “Wear helmets your family is waiting for you” to encourage the riders to wear helmets. The idea was to bring the feeling of importance of safety riders in their mind. They stood in the circle wearing helmets and signaled the people to wear helmets. The project continued for 3 to 4 hours. The students made sure that every person who crossed was inspired by their message.
The students received a very good response to their initiative. SP Chetan visited the place and appreciated the students for their noble act. The traffic police also helped them to carry out the project smoothly. The local media came to the place and interviewed the students about the project and appreciated their unique thought of spreading awareness. This initiative was featured in Prajavani newspaper, Sakshi TV, Digvijaya News, Davangere IN, etc. The leaders said they got 100% satisfaction through their actions and they were successful in convincing the people to use helmets while riding because wearing helmet will increase the survival rate by at least 37% if they use it.
Written By: Vaishnavi N Patil
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