Vietnam pushes for child helmet wearing by fining parents

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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A family rides on a motorcycle in Hanoi. Officers from the Traffic Police Department and representatives from relevant agencies at the launch of the National Enforcement Action Plan on child helmet use in Hanoi on April 2. Photo: Bloomberg A family rides on a motorcycle in Hanoi. Officers from the Traffic Police Department and representatives from relevant agencies at the launch of the National Enforcement Action Plan on child helmet use in Hanoi on April 2. Photo: Bloomberg

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Next week traffic police nationwide will pull over motorbike drivers whose children are not wearing helmets and ask them to pay a fine, according to the National Enforcement Action Plan launched Thursday.
The rule is applied to children aged six or above. 
During the five day from April 6-10, all violations will also be reported to the schools, according to the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation that supports the plan.
Launched by the National Traffic Safety Committee and Traffic Police Department, the National Enforcement Action Plan is part of the larger National Child Helmet Action Plan, which aims to significantly increase child helmet-wearing rates and is an important step towards improved motorcycle passenger safety in Vietnam.
“Parents should not view this as ‘punishment’ by the police, but rather as enforcement of the law in order to protect and save young lives,” said Greig Craft, President of AIP Foundation.
“Enhanced child helmet enforcement is a powerful and effective response to the UN Global Road Safety Week and will lead to safer child passengers on the roads.”
Do Thanh Binh, deputy director of Traffic Police Department said the priority is the safety of children.
“We will take action to ensure that they are protected,” he said.
According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, enforcers will also collect data as they patrol schools to know which schools have low child helmet use for further action and follow-ups.

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