Don’t people have enough common sense to wear helmets while driving two-wheelers? Is a law required to make them wear it?
I will narrate a true incident. Our class teacher in 6th Standard had some brilliant ideas. She implemented them in spite of the rigid school systems we have here.
One interesting thing she did was to replicate a parliament-like setup in our class. She put policy decisions on the class up for voting, after telling us the merits and demerits of the issue. Students vote by thumping their hands on the desk. (Imagine this in an otherwise discipline-inducing silence-loving school!) The majority decision is followed.
Also, she was particular about encouraging extra-curricular activities. I remember her encouraging kids to sing Tamil songs in spite if being an English teacher. I guess the Principal did not find an issue with all this due to her sincerity.
I went to a new school the following year, but we were in touch with a few people in the old school. One year later someone told us that she died. You know how? She was riding pillion with her husband on their bike. Her saree got struck in the speeding back wheel. She got thrown off the bike and died immediately due to head injury.
She could have saved her life had she worn a helmet.
Imagine — such an exceptional, talented, and brave teacher losing her life for what? NOTHING!
Would you want your loved ones to die like this?
Recently, the administration has made it compulsory for two-wheeler drivers and pillion riders to wear helmets in Chennai. So the number of people who wear helmets has increased from 30% earlier to 80% or more, now. (Approx, based on my observation.) But is a law required in the first place?
Irrespective of the “law”, I hope YOU wear a helmet when you drive or ride pillion. I always do.
PS: Do you know anyone who suffered injuries or died because they didn’t wear a helmet? Let know in the comments section.