The guidelines set in place by the Transport Authority regarding the use of helmets while crossing the bridge and driving on the ring road has been commended by the Maldivian branch of World Health Organization (WHO).
In one of their tweets, WHO stated that the most common cause of deaths and disabilities as a consequence of accidents are injuries to the head. Their tweet also included statistics based on a research which showed that such injuries are reduced by as much as 70% and deaths are reduced by 40%.
In their tweet, WHO also mentioned that half the victims of such injuries are commonly pedestrians and people on two-wheeled vehicles, which will now hopefully be greatly reduced. WHO commended and praised the Ministry of Transport on their decision which hopefully will change the lives of all citizens for the better.
Transport Ministry has made it compulsory for helmets to be worn while using the Sinamale’ bridge and ring road starting from March 10, after which any persons noticed not abiding by the rule will be stopped by the authorities.