How can we ensure people use helmets while riding two-wheelers in our city?

Meet Aarushi, Fatima, Ritwika, Divyanshi and Yashika (Grade 8th)
Team The Armour Brigade, All Rounded Performance Award Winner

Aarushi, Fatima, Ritwika, Divyanshi and Yashika, 13-years old students, noticed that the newspapers were flooded with reports of fatal accidents, especially of people riding on a two-wheeler. When they researched further, they learnt that most deaths were caused because the victim was not wearing a helmet and this could be avoided if the riders wear a helmet. 

In most of the two-wheeler accidents, injuries to the head and neck are the main cause of death. Lives can be saved if people just wear a helmet.

Idea

After talking to people to understand why they do not wear a helmet, they learnt that although most people are aware of the importance of wearing a helmet, they still neglect it and need a constant reminder. They decided to start by sensitising the parents who rode to school to drop their children on a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet and cause a change in their behaviour.

Solution Implemented

They stood outside their school everyday and counselled the parents who rode on a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet. They reminded them of the importance of wearing a helmet and gave them hand made cards with safety messages written on them that would act as a reminder when they leave home. They also put up eye-catchy posters around the school premises that would encourage people to wear helmets. 

We have also designed our own mascot and put it around the school and on busy roads. The mascot encourages the riders to wear a helmet and works as a reminder when we can not be on the roads. This way, we have tried to make our solution sustainable.

Impact Created

From the day they started their initiative, the number of parents defaulting has been reduced by 85%. 

They now plan to reach out to other areas in their city and encourage more people to wear helmets and be safe.

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