|Top model Thanh Hang and representatives of NTSC join the caimpain. — VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — A media campaign has been launched in the capital city to prevent road accidents by promoting the use of helmets among riders of motorcycles, Viet Nam's main means of transportation.
The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the National Traffic Safety Committee launched the month-long campaign, from August 23 to September 23, last Saturday. It includes participation in a standard helmets programme and a songwriting contest about "young people with a transport culture."
Figures showed that accidents involving motorcycles still accounted for 70 per cent of the 30,000 road accidents that happen every year. Of these, an estimated 30 per cent result in death due to traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Studies have shown that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle or electric bicycle, a traffic regulation carried out in Viet Nam since 2007, helps to reduce serious injuries in traffic accidents by 69 per cent and minimises the risk of death by 42 per cent.
But a part of the population, including the youth, have been found to be wearing poor quality or fake helmets or doing without helmets when riding motorcycles or electric bicycles.
Khuat Viet Hung, Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), said that in response, his office issued National Plan 69 / KH-UBATGTQG dated April 18, calling for a propaganda campaign on helmet use and deployment of inspectors authorised to arrest manufacturers and users of fake or poor quality helmets.
Since July 1, inspectors from concerned government agencies have joined traffic police in apprehending manufacturers and users of fake or poor quality helmets. — VNS