Busia police has raised concern over failure by women travelling with motorbikes to wear helmets over fear that their beautiful hairstyles will get spoiled.
Speaking during the Busia Road Safety and Peace Awareness Workshop at Agricultural Training Centre on Friday, Busia Traffic Base Commander, Gerald Gitau urged women to be part of road safety campaign.
” Gitau told Busia Women representative Florence Mutua to prevail upon women to start wearing helmets to reduce the impacts of accidents caused by boda bodas on our roads.
Unfortunately if a woman is involved in an accident and her hair is ripped off, she will be forced to buy natural air which is expensive. To avoid such scenario it is good to wear helmets ,” he said.
Mutua urged women to wear helmets to avoid blame games with boda boda riders when they are involved in accidents.
” Let hairstyles not be an hindrance. They will save your lives. Hairstyles are not important than your children when you get involved in a fatal accident,” she said.
Busia Boda Boda Boda Sacco chairman Eric Makokha concurred with women who don’t wear helmets saying there is no assurance of the safety of such helmets which are used by many people.
” It is their right not to wear helmets which could spoil their hair or make them inhale some strange diseases. The dealers should come up with disinfectants to clean the helmets for any new user,” he said.
Chairman Busia County boda boda association Washington Wabwire said some helmets can’t fit certain hairstyles which are expensive as much as Sh5,000.
However, Wabwire urged women to swallow their pride and put on helmets to avoid head injuries when they are involved in accidents,” he said.
Mutua donated 45 helmets to the riders. She urged others to follow suit to increase the safety of the riders.
Busia Police Commander Halima Abdi, traffic officer Charles Getoi and Boda boda association of Kenya national chairman Kevin Ombadi was present.
Photos: Busia Women representative Florence Mutua presents a helmet and reflector jacket to Busia County boda boda chairman Washington Wabwire at Busia ATC on Friday