City to crackdown on children not wearing helmets

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Beginning Wednesday, Ho Chi Minh City will punish motorbike drivers not putting crash helmets on children riding with them.

The punishment will be between VND100,000-200,000 (US$4.80-9.60), applied when children from 6 years old are not wearing crash helmets.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, deputy head of the city's Traffic Safety Office, said at a press briefing on Tuesday that the campaign to have children wearing helmets started last November.

But a survey by the World Health Organization in Vietnam in July found just 32 percent of children on local motorbikes wore a helmet properly. The rate was 77 percent at adults. Crash helmets for motorbike riders became mandatory in Vietnam from December 2007.

Vo Van Nhuan, head of the Traffic Safety Office, said cameras will be placed at secondary schools and primary schools to check if parents were complying with the helmet regulations for children.

He said the crackdown is part of a three-year project to increase traffic safety for children initiated by the National Traffic Safety Committee, Vietnam Department of Road and Railway Police, the Ministry of Education and Training, the World Health Organization, and the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation.

The punishments will be enforced in Hanoi and Da Nang six months later.

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