Bengaluru: Ahead of World Head Injury Awareness Day, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore took an initiative in association with Gaadilicence.com to urge new riders to take a pledge to ride safely. As part of the initiative, a press conference was conducted with Mr. M. Narayan, DCP – Traffic (East), Dr. Manish Mattoo, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospitals, Bengaluru, Dr. Satish S, Additional Director – Neuro Surgery, Fortis Bannerghatta Road and Sagar Jalihalmath, Co-Founder at GaadiLicence as panelists.
This is the fourth years where Fortis Hospitals is educating riders on the importance of wearing helmets by distributing free helmets to the non-helmet wearers. Around 55 candidates who received their driving license on Thursday were provided helmets along with a pledge certificate to #pledgetoridesafely. The awareness drive was conducted in association with GaadiLicense.com, a driving school aggregator. The sole aim of the initiative is to create awareness on importance of wearing helmets and ride safely for themselves as well as for the pillion riders.
Dr Satish. S, Additional Director – Neuro Surgery said, “India is known to have the highest rate of head injuries in the world. According to the latest data from National Crime Records Bureau, Karnataka tops the list of road accident deaths caused due to over speeding. Road accidents causing head injuries have been an area of major concern. 1 out of every 6 patients die due to head injuries. A majority of deaths or severe injuries following these accidents can be avoided if the riders wear helmets. It is extremely important to spread awareness around this and to encourage people to use helmets in order to avoid head injuries and protect themselves.”
Dr. Manish Mattoo, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospitals, Bengaluru said, “At Fortis Hospitals, we have been spreading the message of road safety through our initiative for the last four years now. Through this initiative, we want to educate people on the importance of wearing helmets so that they are safe while riding and prevent head injuries. We hope this initiative will create an impact on the new riders and they adhere to the road safety guidelines.”