A crash helmet is the only thing that saves a two wheeler rider from serious head injury in case of an accident, and it’s very important to wear a crash helmet that is not just ISI/DOT/ECE certified but also of the right fit. In the past, traffic police officials in Karnataka have cracked down on non-ISI (non certified) crash helmets, seizing them and fining those using such helmets. Traffic police officials even went a step further to fine shop keepers who sold such non-ISI helmets. Now, things are being taken to the next level in Karnataka, where traffic police officials are stopping two wheeler riders wearing non-ISI helmets, and breaking these helmets on the spot. A video showing just this has surfaced on multiple Facebook pages. Check it out.
Cops in Karnataka are stopping two wheeler riders wearing non-ISI helmets, and breaking helmets on the spot….
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As the video indicates, a traffic police official is stopping riders wearing non-ISI crash helmets, snatching these helmets off the riders’ heads, and then smashing them on the ground. Many helmets crack upon impact, showing how weak they were in the first place. The background chatter in Kannada suggests that this video has been shot somewhere in Karnataka, although there’s no clear indication of the exact location where this drive is happening. Also, it’s unclear whether cops are actually fining those wearing a non-ISI certified crash helmet. We wouldn’t be surprised if they’re actually fining two wheeler riders. While the police action seems excessive, it may drive home the point that such non-ISI helmets sold by the roadside may not really protect the riders’ heads from serious injuries in the event of an accident.
Why should you invest in a high quality helmet with ISI certification (or any other high quality certification such as DOT/ECE/SHARP)?
- Helmets need to absorb tremendous amounts of force during an accident, in order to ensure that the rider’s head is safe. Non-ISI (non certified) helmets built in makeshift factories and sold on the roadside for as little as Rs. 100-150 simply will not hold up to impacts. They’re as good as the rider not wearing a helmet.
- ISI/high quality certification means that the helmet is not just tested for impact resistance but also meets a certain degree of safety that will actually help protect a rider’s head during an accident.
- The buckle that ISI/certified helmets use will ensure that the helmet does not fly off upon impact. Similarly, many other factors are tested to ensure that the helmet actually does its job during a crash.
Here are some affordable, high quality Indian helmet brands that sell ISI certified helmets at affordable prices: Steelbird, Vega, Studds, Aerostar and Royal Enfield.