|A little girl wears a helmet to travel by motorbike in HCM City. The average rate of helmet use among children in the city is nearly 70 per cent, according to local traffic police reports. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy
HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City Traffic Safety Committee has asked the traffic police to use both the carrot and the stick to ensure people strap helmets on their children on motorbikes.
It called on them to educate people as well as throw the book at them in case of violations to create a "culture" of putting helmets on children.
They should not enforce the law only during campaigns, Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, the committee's deputy chief said.
Regular dissemination and fines around the city would help increase the proportion of children wearing helmets, he added.
Nguyen Dieu Nuong, Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP)'s programme director, too said the city should continue to both educate people about this issue and penalise them if they flout the law.
The ratio of children wearing helmets varies from district to district.
Traffic police reports indicate that the average rate of helmet wearing among children is nearly 70 per cent. But in some districts like Binh Tan and Hoc Mon it is more than 90 per cent.
Tran Quoc Hung of the committee said there had been three phases of a campaign between September 2012 and the end of last year in eight districts — 1, 9, 12, Binh Thanh, Binh Tan, Go Vap, Hoc Mon, and Tan Phu — to improve the helmet wearing rate among children.
They were carried out by the committee together with the Department of Education and Training and AIP Foundation.
The police fined more than 4,000 people during the campaign for failing to strap helmets on their children.
But the number declined over the course of the three phases, Hung said, indicating their effectiveness. — VNS