DSB Foundation has launched the campaign “WEAR HELMET WEAR LIFE”-SIR PE SURAKSHA JEEVAN RAKSHA. The campaign aims to raise awareness on the consequences of failing to wear a helmet and to help boost helmet use among all two wheeler users (riders and their passengers) to save lives.

A study by the United Nations last year had estimated wearing an appropriate helmet improves chances of survival of bikers by 42%. About 15,000 lives across the world can be saved each year, if motorcyclists start wearing appropriate helmets.

Pointing out how two-wheelers are one of the most unsafe modes of transport, the UN Motorcycle Helmet Study says, “Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a road crash than drivers of passenger cars. Wearing an appropriate helmet improves their chances of survival by 42% and helps avoid 69% of injuries to riders.”

No matter what your age or level of experience, whenever you ride a bike, in-line skate, ski, or engage in other activities during which your head is vulnerable to injury, a helmet should be worn. In fact, many states now have laws that require helmet use.

Wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of serious head and brain injury by 85%. Helmets should be worn during every ride, no matter how short. Many accidents happen near home.Children younger than 12 years should also wear helmets when sledding.

A total of 5,638 people died on this account in 2016 in UP accounting for the most deaths (2,741).Wearing a good helmet and tying it properly can prevent loss of lives in 90 percent of accident cases.

India has among the most unsafe roads in the world. In 2015, over 400 people were killed in road accidents every day. In the same year, two-wheeler accidents claimed 36,800 victims and left around 93,400 injured. Numbers that could have been significantly lower, if riders had proper helmets.

If that statistic are not scary enough, the situation seems to be getting worse every year.