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Fortis Hospitals, Bengaluru, on the occasion of World Head Injury day, 20th March, took an initiative for the 2nd consecutive year to promote use of helmets while riding. In association with Bangalore Traffic Police, the two day drive started on Monday March 19 and ended on Tuesday, March 20 conducted on various signals of Cunningham road and Bannerghatta road. Traffic police at the signals gave away the helmets along with the pink slips to the people who were seen without wearing a helmet.
The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness on the importance of using helmets while riding to ensure minimal damage in case of accidents.
According to World Health Organisation, 1.25 million people lose their life to road traffic crashes every year. WHO also states that In Karnataka there is about 42 million registered vehicles, of which 71% are motorized two-wheelers. The state capital, Bangalore, has 2 million registered vehicles, 75% of which are two-wheelers. Injuries to the head and neck are the main cause of death according to the survey.
Dr. Sathish S, Additional Director, Neurosurgery Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road said, “helmet use lowers the risk of head injury during the time of accidents. People tend to ignore helmets and don’t realise that a lot of cases of head-injuries due to accidents can be avoided if taken care. It is also recommended to use full face helmet as it offers the best protection for your head and neck. Initiatives like this will help people realise the importance of wearing helmets which they otherwise only wear to avoid getting caught by the traffic cops.”