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Becoming wise to the ways of the roads

Update: November, 02/2013 - 12:00

Young schoolchildren are being taught all about road safety.

It is particularly important for them to know about dangers on the road because many people are injured, and even killed, on the roads of Viet Nam.

Children are already changing their ways.

In the Trang Bom District of Dong Nai Province, they are using the sidewalks instead of walking in the streets.

A survey conducted between 2010 and 2012 showed that 6,952 primary school students were injured while walking to their schools in southern Dong Nai Province.
A survey conducted between 2010 and 2012 showed that 6,952 primary school students were injured while walking to their schools in southern Dong Nai Province. - Photo Thanh Long

HCM CITY (VNS) — A Pedestrian Safety Tour will be carried out in primary schools in HCM City to educate students during the current academic year about "safe walking".

The tour is part of Walk This Way Viet Nam Programme, a road-safety advocacy programme that aims to educate children about safe walking behaviours and increase awareness about pedestrian welfare.

This year's programme kicked off with the launch of the International Walk to School day in Viet Nam two weeks ago, following a photo contest for secondary school students nationwide who will capture pictures about their surrounding traffic environment.

The contest will run from November 2013 to April 2014 and will end with an exhibit in mid-May in Ha Noi featuring the winning photos.

The programme is expected to raise community awareness about safe walking and a safe environment for pedestrians, according to Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, the committee's deputy head.

He said that pedestrian violations included jaywalking, crossing outside of zebra crossings, and ignoring signals.

Tuong asked police to impose strict fines on violators and told local People's Committees to take action to end illegal occupation of pavements for selling.

In Viet Nam, the number of pedestrians who die as a result of traffic accidents accounts for 14 per cent of the total number of fatalities. This figure is 4-6 per cent higher than other developing countries.

According to Mirjam Sidik, chief executive officer of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, road-safety programmes should give priority to schoolchildren, particularly in locations with a high volume of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

A survey conducted between 2010 and 2012 showed that 6,952 primary school students were injured while walking to their schools in southern Dong Nai Province.

In the first six months of 2011, 2,528 children in Dong Nai were brought to hospitals because of traffic accidents.

The number of pedestrians injured from traffic accidents accounted for one-fourth of the total injuries at Dong Nai Province's Paediatrics Hospital. Dong Nai General Hospital reported that most people who sustained injuries from traffic accidents related to pedestrians were under 16 years old.

In Dong Nai Province's Trang Bom District, Walk this Way has had a significant positive impact on students' behaviour, as the rate of children walking on sidewalks instead of streets has risen by 75 per cent over the course of the programme, Sidik said.

The programme in Viet Nam is organised by Safe Kids Worldwide in co-operation with FedEx Express. — VNS

GLOSSARY

A Pedestrian Safety Tour will be carried out in primary schools in HCM City to educate students during the current academic year about "safe walking".

A pedestrian is somebody who walks to get from one place to another.

An academic year is the time during which students study for courses that last around 12 months. The current academic year is the one they are now busy with.

The tour is part of Walk This Way Viet Nam Programme, a road-safety advocacy programme that aims to educate children about safe walking behaviours and increase awareness about pedestrian welfare.

Advocacy means public support for a certain cause.

He said that pedestrian violations included jaywalking, crossing outside of zebra crossings, and ignoring signals.

Violations happen when people break the law.

Jaywalking means crossing a street at the wrong place, often being a problem to traffic.

In Viet Nam, the number of pedestrians who die as a result of traffic accidents accounts for 14 per cent of the total number of fatalities.

Fatalities are deaths.

This figure is 4-6 per cent higher than other developing countries.

Developing countries are those that are not yet wealthy and often need to sell what they produce to wealthier, developed countries whose factories make them into finished goods.

According to Mirjam Sidik, chief executive officer of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, road-safety programmes should give priority to schoolchildren, particularly in locations with a high volume of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

By giving priority to schoolchildren, road-safety programmes would put children first.

Locations are places.

The number of pedestrians injured from traffic accidents accounted for one-fourth of the total injuries at Dong Nai Province's Paediatrics Hospital.

Paediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with children.

The programme in Viet Nam is organised by Safe Kids Worldwide in co-operation with FedEx Express.

Co-operation means working together.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

1.        The first school children attend after starting school.

2.        A type of animal from Africa after which a certain type of road crossing is named.

3.        People who walk to get from one place to another.

4.        What kind of punishment can people expect to receive if they jaywalk?

5.        What will feature at an exhibit in mid-May in Ha Noi?

6.        Where are children beginning to walk more than in the streets?

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