Pupils spread the message of traffic safety at the event. (Photo: CPV)

The action is part of traffic safety day program hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam in coordination with AIP Foundation, Swedish companies and National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC).

At the event, the organizers called for stronger public awareness and urged adults to put helmets on children whenever they travel on motorcycles.

Mr. Le Trong Thai, NTSC head office said helmets support aims to increase the rate of people wearing standard helmets, especially children in order to minimize damage by traffic accidents for motorist, motorcyclist and electric bicyclist. This is also a practical activity to help children soon have habits of complying with traffic safety law.  

Pupils show happiness of receiving helmets. (Photo: CPV)

Speaking at the event, Swedish Ambassador Pereric Högberg emphasized the parenting role in obeying regulations of helmet use for traffic safety while wishing to spread the message of security in every trip of people at all ages.

Greig Craft, President of AIP Foundation, added that “While there has been high compliance with mandatory helmet regulation among adults, helmet use among children remains low. However, through helmet intervention programs in Vietnam, child helmet use has risen from 40% in cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh to 85%-90%”.

Representatives presented helmets to pupils. (Photo: CPV)

According to the NTSC, in 2017, Vietnam witnessed a total of 20,000 accidents, claiming the lives of more than 8,000 people and injuring 17,000 others. Meanwhile, AIP Foundation estimates that road traffic accidents are the number one cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 and the number two cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 in Vietnam.

With over 80 percent of the population under the age of 50, the effects of road crash deaths on young people result in losses to both the family and the community./.

M.V