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District admin, Traffic police mute spectator over KTM stunt show
Are bike stunt shows safe for youth?
9/13/2017 11:27:24 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 13: The Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Police as well as District administration Jammu remains a mute spectator over a stunt show organized by KTM at Bahu-Plaza, which could prove fatal for youth, who usually imitate these stunts on roads.
As per a press release issued by KTM, it was written that "The KTM, European Racing Legend, conducted breath-taking KTM stunt show at Bahu Plaza area of the city. The stunt show was organized in order to showcase the mind-blowing stunt rides and tricks from the professional stunt riders". The photographs of stunt-show were also circulated in which, experts were showing stunts on bikes, mostly dangerous.
The advertising campaign of KTM is to allure customers, especially youth but stunts are in complete contravention of the traffic rules. "Rash driving, performing stunts on bikes on public roads is illegal and during every Traffic week celebrations the Traffic police department used to sensitize masses especially youth to obey traffic rules but same police failed to realize the threat associated with the stunt show organized by KTM", an official said.
Additional Superintendent of Traffic Police Jammu, Rohit Baskotra said that stunts are totally banned at public places or on public roads. "In a controlled space, some experts can perform stunts such as in Circus shows but that too after taking permission from the district administration. Even for a circus show, the district administration firstly took fitness certificate of all the equipments and after completion of all other formalities, permission is granted", he said.
On being asked whether performing stunts to lure youth as part of advertising campaign can prove dangerous, he admitted that it could prove dangerous and is a matter of concern.
An official of Deputy Commissioner's office said that though KTM had taken permission but they were not sure as the permission was taken for some exhibition or for stunt show. "They can showcase their products in the exhibition but they cannot perform stunts to lure customers. Such advertisement campaign can prove dangerous as youth usually imitate the stunts", the official said.
When asked the Manager of the KTM Jammu, Gurvinder Singh regarding the type of permission (exhibition or for stunt show) taken for the show, the official said that he was totally unaware of the matter as the show was organized directly by the company and permission was also taken by them.
Moreover, as per the press release forwarded by the KTM, Amit Nandi, president- Probiking, Bajaj Auto Ltd had reportedly said, "The KTM brand is known for its high performance racing bikes and we always want our customers to experience the thrills and adventure which KTM bike can provide".
The stunt show along with tone and tenor of the press release clearly reflects the danger associated with the advertising campaign, which can prove dangerous due to imitation behaviour of youth.
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