As a unique gesture, a bride and bridegroom at their wedding last week in Bihar’s Saran decided to distribute helmets as gifts to guests. Sweety, the bride, is a graduate of Jai Prakash University and educates people on the hazards of driving without seat-belts and helmets.
The idea of giving helmets came to Sweety, who is from Chhapra, after her maternal aunt passed away in a road accident a couple of weeks prior to her wedding. She had not been wearing a helmet while travelling on a bike.
Sweety told Deccan Herald,
“I distributed around two dozens helmets among the baraatis with a request to everyone to abide by the traffic rules, use seat-belt (for four-wheelers) and helmets (for two-wheelers) and follow driving norms be it on the highway or the mohalla (colony) roads”
This is not the first time helmets have played the central role in a wedding. Last year, Nashik City Police gifted helmets instead of bouquets to a couple on their wedding reception to spread the awareness on the use of helmets.
— Nashik City Police (@nashikpolice) April 22, 2017
According to Indian Road Safety Campaign, 17 people die every hour on Indian roads. Over 50 lakh people were either seriously injured in a road accident or were left disabled in the past decade, while damages cost to around Rs 4.07 lakh crores annually.