Children and parents in Ho Chi Minh City committing to wearing standard helmets under AIP Foundation's Helmets for Familes program
Thousands of Ho Chi Minh City students exchanged low-quality helmets for ones that comply with safety standards through the Helmets for Families drive run by the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation.
AIP Foundation and the Abbott corporation kicked off the pilot program during a ceremony at Cau Xang Primary School in Binh Chanh District on April 24.
Developed in cooperation with the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Education and Training, the Helmets for Families pilot project targeted four primary schools in Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the AIP Foundation, Cau Xang Primary School is located on Provincial Road 10, a high-risk traffic zone which serves as a main artery for large trucks.
Every school day, 85 percent of students commute to school by motorcycle; 35 percent of those children wear helmets which are most likely of substandard quality, according to AIP.
Helmets for Families aims to change parent attitudes toward helmet standards by offering information on choosing a standard helmet and maintaining helmet integrity.
Parents were also able to exchange their low-quality helmets for subsidized standard helmets to encourage their children to do the same.
Nguyen Trong Thai, Chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said most parents pay very little attention to the quality of their helmets.
“In many areas of Vietnam, low-quality helmets are still commonly used, providing no protection for the users," he said.