Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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According to the law (National motorcycle helmet law) in Timor-Leste, that everyone who rides motorbike including the kids should use helmet to avoid the traffic accidents, which could led them to death and serious injury.

Traffic commander of Dili Municipality, Inspector Matias da Silva said so far the motorist especially the children who rode the motorcycle with their parents did not use helmet and it endangered their live.

Using helmet may reduce the death risk and serious injury, whether was the adult and children and the injury always on head, neck were the main cause of death, serious injury and could be paralyzed.

The traffic commander of Dili Municipality, Inspector Matias da Silva said so far the motorist especially the children who rode the motorcycle with their parents did not use helmet and it endangered their live.

"In this law does not distinguish between adult and children, the law said everyone who ride the motorcycle should use helmet," said Commander da Silva by phone.

Therefore, he called for the parents when riding the motorcycle with their kids, should wear them helmet.

"Parents should be aware that should use helmet before riding the motorcycle," he urged.

He said there was big team (8 big motorcycles) currently having routine patrol on the street and almost every day those were not using helmet and using annoying exhaust pipe were arrested. 

Meanwhile, Member Commission E (infrastructure, transport and communication), Manuel de Castro Pereira said police should be discipline in issuing the law.

"Police should be assertive, strong and should prioritize the law," he said.

Besides, he also urged the government to share information about the street code to the drivers including the motorists before getting license cards, because even though there was a law but people did not understand, kept breaking the traffic signs.

Resident Maria da Costa said it was important for the kids to use helmet when riding the motorcycle to protect the kids from accidents.

"We should protect our kids' live so they have to use helmet," she urged.

However, there was no specific data on how many people died and got injury for not using helmet but based on the data (general data) of the national Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) from 13 municipalities that the total accidents during 2015 was 1664.89 people died, 417 got serious injury and 1158 got light injury.

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