New Delhi: If you are found driving without wearing a helmet, your driving licence could be suspended. Yes, it is true. The Odisha government on Thursday urged the state police and transport commissioner to strictly implement the rule for suspension of driving licence of offenders driving two-wheelers without helmets. Also Read - As Winter Sets In, Thousands of Migratory Birds Arrive at Odisha's Bhitarkanika National Park

Issuing an order, Transport Department secretary M S Padhi wrote to the DGP and the transport commissioner and requested them to take steps for suspending the driving licence (DL) of helmetless bikers in the state. Also Read - Odisha News: Pregnant Women, People Above 60 Yrs And Health Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine on Priority

As per reports, the officials were also asked to submit a district-wise report on the suspension of DL for violation of Helmet Law during 2019 and from January to October, 2020 within seven days, for appraisal by a Supreme Court Committee. Also Read - After Spending 20-years in Pakistan Jail, Tribal Man From Odisha Returns to Village

The move came as two-wheelers were involved in 4,688 road accidents of the total 11,064 road accidents in Odisha last year.

While 5,333 total accident deaths were reported in the state in 2019, 2,398 of them were on two-wheelers. Of the 2,398, 2,156 were not wearing helmets at the time of accident, he said in the letter.  “Wearing a helmet could have saved many lives,” Padhi mentioned in the letter.

As per Section 194 D of the MV Act, whoever drives a motorcycle or causes or allows a motorcycle to be driven in contravention of the provisions of Section 129 of the Act shall be punishable with a fine of Rs 1,000 and he shall be disqualified for holding licence for a period of three months, the letter mentioned.

(With inputs from PTI)