2,900 helmets provided for pupils in HCM City

Web.HCYU. 10.03.2013. The Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP) and the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee presented more than 2,900 bike helmets to pupils from four primary schools at an event on 9 December 2013. Source: CPV/VOV.

Road safety ambassador (L) and representatives of AIP and UPS donate helmets to kids and promote awareness of wearing helmets while riding on streets Photo: Minh Phát/tuoitrenews.
Road safety ambassador (L) and representatives of AIP and UPS donate helmets to kids and promote awareness of wearing helmets while riding on streets (Photo: Minh Phát/Tuoitrenews.)

The four schools, Tran Nhan On, Tran Van On, Pham Van Chieu and Anh Duong, are located on roads that have a high rate of accidents, and had expressed concern that less than 30 percent of their students were wearing helmets, many of which were poor quality.

AIP Executive Director Mirjam Sidik said that while more than 90 percent of adults in Vietnam use helmets while driving motorbikes, only 20 percent of children aged between 6-12 wear them.

In addition to various educational activities to raise public awareness, the programme will help protect children as they now can use high quality helmets.

Vo Thi Thanh Van, Rector of the Tran Van On primary school, said the programme will provide a safer environment for pupils. Lessons on the correct way to wear the helmets will be implemented into the school’s curriculum and the helmets are expected to become part of the school uniform.


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