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Helmets for riders and pillion riders of all two wheelers can be life saving!
Helmets for riders and pillion riders of all two wheelers can be life saving!
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(CNS): "It did not strike me even for a second how fatal it could be for my child to ride a two-wheeler as a pillion rider - without a helmet. If I was conscious about the risk then I would have definitely given a helmet to my child" said the mother of a child who died in an unfortunate road accident in Lucknow in March 2016.

This child was a pillion rider along with her father while returning from her school. Her father survived the accident as he was wearing a helmet (but child was not) though sustained serious injuries. "Wearing a helmet on a two-wheeler for all riders can be lifesaving" said Sudhanshu Shekhar Upadhyay, one of the child's relatives and noted social activist.

Local accident but global relevance

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Governments of UN member countries had committed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 at last year's UN General Assembly, one of which (SDG 3.6) is to "halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents" by 2020.

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Citizens need to hold governments to account that road accident deaths are declining locally on daily basis, and declining fast enough so as to meet SDGs on (or before) slated deadline.

Small but very important citizens-led initiative

Family members and relatives of those who died in road accidents had observed Sankalp Diwas in memory of this child (Titiksha Pathak) on 2nd July near Patrakarpuram crossing in Gomti Nagar Lucknow. Mr Sudhanshu Shekhar Upadhyay stressed upon making roads safer for children and adults alike. Helmets tailor-made for children are important if citizens want to observe traffic laws and protect their own health and family's well-being.

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District Magistrate Mr Raj Sekhar; Professor (Dr) Rama Kant former Chief Medical Superintendent of King George's Medical University and WHO Director General's Awardee; Professor (Dr) Ajai Singh, Head of Paediatric Orthopaedics Department of KGMU and lead on road safety; Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and Vice President of Socialist Party (India), were among the key discussants.

Share the road equitably

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