By Farah Jamil
I ride a motorbike to work every day- and no I am not psyched about the new law making helmets compulsory for everyone- even women and children.
A new rule by the city administration has made it mandatory for all pillion and bike riders to wear helmets. The rule has no gender biases—so for me—it is an added burden to the big bag and dupatta I carry every day.
For women who already wear a scarf or burka, the helmet will add to the heat.
According to news which appeared on local media, the ‘compulsory helmet drive’ will be for everyone. Violators will be fined Rs150, under Section 89-A of the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1965.
The directives have been launched because the DIG Traffic police believes that nearly 60 percent accidents in Karachi involve motorcyclists and helmets will provide them protection.
As the news spread, helmet venders kept their eyes open. The prices of helmets have doubled.
But now that I think of it the government makes sense. A bulk of the traffic injuries reported every day involve motor-bikes, 90 percent of them are not wearing helmets. So the rule must be followed- you have no other choice.
Step one is to make women understand the safety which a helmet offers.
So girls, chose life before fashion.
And now when I think of it, if every other girl wears a helmet, it would become quite the norm.
At the government’s part if they are strict in implementing the rule they should look out for the bribe hungry police men who let common people buy law at small price- Rs100 or two.
They should also look out for mobile snatchers and target killers who often cover their faces with helmets.
Suggestion number 3: Bring into the market women scooties—they are
cute, easy to drive and can be ridden in any outfit-jean, burka or shalwar kameez.
So girls, let the helmets roll in.