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Policymakers, journalists learn to develop action plans for motorbike-helmet use among children

Update: December, 05/2014 - 16:15
Policymakers and journalists from the Mekong Delta provinces and Can Tho take a training course on developing action plans to strengthen motorbike helmet usage among children. — VNS Photo

CAN THO (VNS) — Journalists and policymakers in the Mekong Delta this week received training in how to develop an action plan and expand media coverage of the importance of children wearing a helmet while riding a motorbike.

Attending the course were officials and media from Can Tho and the provinces of An Giang and Tra Vinh.

Communication and enforcement tactics of child helmet use were discussed, and participants took a field trip to a local primary school. They also travelled with local police on their patrols.

During the course, the participants developed a provincial action plan, and also voiced their commitment and advocacy of helmet use.

The same course will be taught in Binh Duong, Long An and Tay Ninh provinces in January.

Major Vu Quy Phi, deputy director of the National Traffic Police, said each province in the Mekong Delta has an action plan that aims to strengthen compliance with the helmet law and prevent unnecessary traffic accidents and fatalities among children.

Although the law requires children aged six and above to wear a helmet on a motorbike, the usage rate among children remains under 38 per cent.

The course was organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee in co-operation with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Training, under the sponsorship of the Global Road Safety Partnership and Bloomberg Foundation. —VNS

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