New Delhi: Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar is the new face Delhi Traffic Police. In a significant move to spread road safety awareness and prevent deaths in mishaps, Delhi traffic police roped in Prateik Babbar to promote `strap the helmet` concept.
The actor along with traffic police personnel intercepted several bikers, who were either not wearing helmet or their head guard was not strapped, near Rajpath-Janpath X-ing and explained to them the benefits of following road safety rules.
"These (wearing and properly strapping helmets) are basic traffic safety concepts... these small things can protect anyone in case he or suffers accident," Babbar, son of Congress MP Raj Babbar, said.
"Not only in Delhi, even in Mumbai it is common that two-wheeler drivers do not strap their helmets properly... In many cases life could have been saved if the head gear was strapped," the 24-year-old actor said.
Joint CP (Traffic) Satyendra Garg noted during 2009-10 around 700 people died in various traffic incidents in Delhi and in the past six and half months more than 300 have been killed in accidents.
"In many cases we found that either the biker was not wearing helmet or it was loose due to which had fallen before head hit ground or another hard material."
"Helmet should be secured and strapped... many women do not have head protection while driving their two-wheeler. We advise them to follow road safety norms."
The official said when they rope in a celebrity for a such cause "people at least listen to them and the cause is passed."
Babbar said in his upcoming movie Prem Katha, directed by Gautam Menon, he has several bike scenes, but in all such shots he "consciously or unconsciously" was following traffic norms.
(With PTI Inputs)