Rawalpindi Traffic Police has used the recent Angelo Mathews headgear controversy to raise awareness about the importance of wearing quality helmets while riding motorcycles.
Mathews, a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, made history during a World Cup match when he became the first international batter to be “timed out” due to a headgear malfunction, serving as the inspiration behind the traffic police’s creative warning.
Promoting Safety Through Creativity
The swift response by Rawalpindi Traffic Police reflects their commitment to encouraging road safety. Using Mathews’ picture with his helmet as part of the awareness message, they emphasized the mandatory use of quality helmets for all motorcyclists.
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Their message, “Sorry, but a good helmet can save you from being timed out,” underlines the significance of adhering to safety measures and protocols. This imaginative approach has garnered attention and is expected to contribute to increased helmet usage among motorcyclists in the region.
The Mathews Incident and ICC Rule 40.1.1
The controversial incident involving Mathews occurred during a match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He was ready to take his position as the batter when the strap of his helmet broke, resulting in a delay.
During this wait, Shakib, the opposing team’s player, appealed to the umpires, leading to Mathews being “timed out” based on ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup rule 40.1.1. This rule stipulates that a new batter should be ready to face a ball within two minutes of the previous dismissal, a requirement that Mathews failed to meet due to the helmet malfunction.