The traffic police in Visakhapatnam is undertaking a massive drive to enforce the compulsory helmet rule, with special focus not on the public, but police officers themselves.
This comes after reports that a majority of the cops in the city did not wear helmets, while on duty, even months after the rule was enforced. It was also reported that cops were regularly violating traffic norms.
Speaking to TNM, Mahendra Patrudu, ADCP (Traffic) said, "While we are also booking cases against the general public, our focus is on policemen. We have been undertaking the drive from the past 15 days, and we will ensure that every person in uniform follows this rule."
"After that, we will lead by example, and we can crack down on the public who are violating the rules," he adds.
The city has been trying to implement the rule ever since last year.
After failing to implement it in August 2015, the police had earlier postponed the date to November 1.
In November, the rule was withdrawn within six hours of its implementation, after two-wheeler owners alleged that helmet outlets were exploiting the customers due to a shortage of helmets.
In July this year, the traffic police even mulled the 'No Helmet, No Petrol Rule' where riders would not be given petrol unless they wore a helmet.
Reports state that on an average, between 1,000 to 1,200 cases of traffic violations are being booked a day and around 40,000 cases are booked in a month during normal days in the city.