Noida: Under the joint aegis of the District Legal Services Authority, Gautam Budh Nagar and Raghvendra Kumar, known as Helmet Man of India, free helmets were distributed to nearly 70 women students at Abdul Kalam Auditorium of Sharda University on Ambedkar Jayanti April 13, 2022.
The event was aimed at creating awareness on the importance of helmets and road safety. Raghvendra Kumar popularly known as 'Helmetman', who has established his name among road safety enthusiasts, distributed helmets among women students who had got their driving licenses made and registered.
Raghvendra Kumar is a law graduate from Greater Noida’s Lloyd Law College. As a road safety activist, he has been distributing free helmets for the last 8 years earning himself the title of 'Helmet man of India'. He has also made a world record by distributing 55 thousand helmets free all over India. He has also distributed books to the underprivileged.
Helmet man Raghvendra says, “For the past many years, we are noticing an increase in fatalities in road accidents. I believe in any such accident, more than laws, traffic or any offender, the family is the culprit who let their loved ones go out without a helmet. If family members take a firm stand and not their loved ones go out without a helmet, we will save our loved ones from fatalities in road accidents."
He further continues, “We gave students a helmet and an oath certificate which says that they have to ask five people to wear the helmet even if they are going to the next block. A big change can only be witnessed with small changes."
Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Jaihind Kumar Singh made the students present aware of the importance of helmets and seat belts along with following road safety and traffic rules.
Road safety activists from different states, Shailesh Mishra, Mukund Singh, Shubham Kumar Singh, Gaurav Singh, Praneet Srivastava, Nitin Sirohi were awarded for their campaigns and efforts to create awareness on road safety.
Many distinguished personalities were present on this occasion like the Secretary of District Legal Services Authority, Jaihind Kumar Singh, BJP MP Harish Dwivedi, Helmet Man of India Raghavendra Kumar, ACP PK Singh, Traffic Inspector Ram Singh and Head of Sharda University.
Harish Dwivedi, a Member of Parliament who was present at the occasion says, "In the last few years, we have witnessed a trend where pillions, especially women were injured as they were not wearing helmets. We together motivated them to wear helmets even when they are not riding but sitting behind."
Raghvendra also talked about his campaign that he would take up in 2023 where he wants young children to become aware of the importance of helmets. According to him, it is the need of an hour to inculcate the habit of wearing helmets in today's generation right from childhood. He has decided to make a helmet bank in all schools and colleges in India where free helmets will be available for all the students.
He says, " I have implemented the law of wearing helmets on four-year-old children, but for the awareness of this law, all of us will have to make efforts. For this, we need to distribute the cycle helmets in the schools, so that they learn to put on helmets from early years. If the school is unable to do it, we will make a helmet bank in their school.