Helmet awareness: Police turn to ‘Yamaraja‘

CHENNAI: The Kancheepuram in seem to be inspired by a novel initiative by their counterparts in Bengaluru. The Bengaluru police had recently turned to to warn motorists, who were not following traffic rules. Men dressed up as Yamaraja (lord of death) had spread road safety awareness among motorists in that city.
On Tuesday, the taluk police brought folk artists from Chengalpet to create awareness about wearing helmets, both by the rider and pillion rider. The folk artists dressed up as Yama, Lord Shiva and others.

The awareness programme was held on the Ponnerikarai Salai from 12 noon to 2pm.

The artist, who dressed up as Yama, held a ‘pasakkayiru’ (love rope). ‘Yama’ caught two-wheeler riders who were not wearing helmets and entangled them with the ‘pasakkayiru’.

“‘Yama’ advised them to wear helmets and told them they have families waiting for them,” said inspector of Kancheepuram taluk police station Vetri Selvan.

Those who were wearing helmet were garlanded with flowers.

At least 200 two-wheeler riders were given advice while around 50 others got garlands.
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