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New Initiative for Road Safety


Ho Chi Minh City:  More than 200 students took the initiative to teach about road safety by drawing road safety line in the walls of Nguyen Trong Tuyen Primary School at Binh Thanh District. The drawing was an effort to raise awareness nationwide about the need to wear a helmet while riding a motorbike.

Nguyen Duc Quan, a teacher at Nguyen Trong Tuyen Primary School expressed that the drawings were really beneficial. "All of my school's students now wear helmets," she said.

Many schools in Ho Chi Minh City have started to take the help of art to teach about road safety.

Le Nguyen Ngoc Linh, a fifth grader at Quoi Xuan Primary School in District 12, said that she and other students won first prize in a drawing contest on road safety regulations. The drawings were submitted to a contest organised by Helmets for Kids, a programme run by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation and sponsored by the UPS Foundation.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), high risk traffic accidents injury is faced by nearly 60% of children in Vietnam because they do not wear a helmet.

Due to traffic accidents, at least 50,000 people experienced brain injuries last year, according to a report from the National Safety Committee. Out of which 13.4 % were children. Half the number were not wearing helmet. Government released Decree No 171 last year after the report was issued. Children aged 6 and below should wear a helmet.

National Traffic Safety Committee has periodic enforcement campaigns and many schools through out the country have also carried out road-safety regulation programmes on the need to wear helmet.

According to surveys from the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation— VNS, the number of children wearing helmets rose to 68% in Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City in April against 38 % last March, from the latest campaign.

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