Chandigarh:Even though the percentage of two-wheeler riders dying in road accidents in the city is the highest followed by pedestrians, the women have the privilege of not wearing a “protective headgear” or a helmet while riding a two-wheeler despite the fact that the women two-wheeler riders are increasingly becoming victims of road accidents.
Around 57.82 per cent of females use two wheelers out of which 47.92 per cent do no wear protective headgear or helmets reveals a research on road safety by Dr Guneet Singh, a PhD scholar in Psychology, and also a Traffic Marshal, Chandigarh Traffic Police. In her respective research about 13 per cent of the respondents admitted having no driving license, which is a serious trend and needs to be taken care of following which there is still 20 per cent of youngsters who denied possessing a helmet and a large number of them have been females, especially because of the exemption that they enjoy.
If we look back at the past 3 to 4 years, more than 150 women have been in involved in fatal road accidents in Chandigarh whereas many have sustained grievous injuries and around 500 had minor injuries in the road accidents. Out of these victims, many women were in the age group of 16 to 40 years. Officials of the accident analysis cell, who visit spots after the accident to ascertain the cause, say that in most accidents involving women who do not wear helmets, there is no major injury to the body except the head.
Also majority of car drivers used to wear seat belt since it is mandatory for car drivers in Chandigarh to wear it. Nearly 16 percent car drivers do not use seat belt or wear it sometimes. The reasons attributed is discomfort by 53 per cent yet 29 per cent consider it as an unnecessary accessory.
According to the research’s conclusion, large number of female drivers do not even own the helmet, and the reasons attributed, besides not being compulsory for them, are discomfort, and spoiling of hair style, and forgetting to wear it, since it is not considered as a part of driving. Some of the female drivers also reported that since it was not mandatory for them to wear a helmet while driving so they did not purchase it or consider it necessary to wear.
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