Around 2,000 children are killed annually in road traffic crashes in Vietnam, according to World Health Organization statistics released on Monday.
The National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) launched a national plan advocating for strengthened road safety with a special focus on children, in response to the UN Global Road Safety Week themed “Children and road safety,” Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper reported.
The launching ceremony on Monday was organized by NTSC, Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP) and WHO.
The new plan calls on provinces to take action and raise public awareness of children’s road safety across Vietnam.
During the week from May 4 to 10, information about typical reasons for traffic crashes and consequences for children will be disseminated across the country to raise the community's awareness for protecting children, said Khuat Viet Hung, NTSC’s deputy chairman.
WHO statistics showed that more than 186,300 children in the world die due to road crashes per year, which is equivalent to 500 children per day.
In Vietnam, nearly 2,000 children die per year.
Greig Craff, chairman of the AIP, said Vietnam should spread road safety culture from schools and families.
Manu Eraly, a representative of WHO in Vietnam, said many children driving electric bicycles without helmets had led to serious consequences after road crashes. Children's helmet quality should receive more attention, he added.