More than 1,700 students, parents and teachers from several schools in Ho Chi Minh City participated in a Family Day on Saturday that promotes the use of helmets among children.
The event, themed “I Love Helmets”, was held at the Tan Tuc Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh District by Asia Injury Prevention Foundation.
The school is located near Trung Luong Highway, a high-risk traffic area in Ho Chi Minh City, where students face dangers on their daily commute.
At the event, students and parents participated in several road safety activities, including painting, a fashion show, interactive games, and a road safety knowledge competition.
“Cultivating road safety awareness among students must start early. Through this event, families are able to participate in road safety activities and be empowered to take measures to prevent road accidents,” said Jeff McLean, Managing Director of UPS Vietnam.
“Although the Helmets for Kids project has contributed towards increasing helmet use rates in project schools across Vietnam from 34 percent to 86 percent, we hope that more students in the community would make it a habit to wear helmets daily.”
The UPS Foundation has contributed to AIP Foundation’s child helmet use programs in Vietnam for the past five years.
With their support, 35,132 students have been educated about the importance of child helmet use.
Approximately 2,000 children die due to road injury each year, making it the second leading cause of death among Vietnamese children ages 5–14, according to AIP Foundation.
In previous years, AIP Foundation and its partners developed and implemented a comprehensive campaign, including communications, enforcement, and capacity building, and incentives for change to increase helmet use among children in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City.
The campaign allowed AIP Foundation to successfully advocate to Vietnam’s National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) to issue a National Child Helmet Action Plan for all 63 provinces during 2015.
In related news, transport minister Dinh La Thang on Sunday attended a requiem ceremony for traffic accident victims nationwide, held at the Truc Lam Thien Truong Monastery in Nam Dinh Province.
At the ceremony, Thang said that about 24 people died and 60 others sustained injuries on daily average in Vietnam.