|The Helmets for Kids programme on Monday expanded its safety education efforts to the northern province of Yên Bái and donated 1,500 high-quality helmets to the school community. — Photo courtesy of AIP|Viet Nam News
YÊN BÁI – The Helmets for Kids programme on Monday expanded its road safety education efforts to the northern province of Yên Bái and donated 1,500 high-quality helmets to the school community.
All six of the schools in the province are located in high-risk and traffic-dense areas along National Highways No. 37 and 32C.
Pre-implementation surveys revealed that the average student helmet-use rate at these schools was only 31 per cent, and the majority of helmets being used were substandard.
Nguyễn Trọng Thái, chief of the Secretariat of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said that the six schools were selected for the programme because of their low rates of quality helmet use and dangerous locations near national highways.
“Helmets for Kids” has significantly helped communities by raising awareness about road safety and encouraging parents to provide helmets to their children.
In addition to expanding to Yên Bái Province, Helmets for Kids will continue in the provinces of Gia Lai and Quảng Nam.
During the current academic year, nearly 5,100 quality helmets and road safety education classes are being provided to students at 20 primary schools in the three provinces.
The programme is organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee in co-operation with the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation and Johnson & Johnson. — VNS