Students are encouraged to observe traffic law (Source: VNA)

Dong Nai (VNA) - The helmet use rate of primary school pupils in the southern province of Dong Nai reached 79 percent in 2017.

The information was released at a June 28 ceremony to review the project “Promoting action on child helmet use 2016 - 2017” funded by the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation.

Dinh Kim Phuong, Country Manager of the AIP Foundation, said the project has been carried out in ten primary schools in Dong Nai province over the past five years.

It has helped reduce the number of accidents at these schools from 24 in 2012 to three in 2017.

The foundation will continue cooperating with the provincial Department of Education and Training to enhance the awareness of law observation, ensuring traffic safety for locals, particularly pupils, she said.

Home to numerous highways, Dong Nai has recorded the largest number of traffic accidents in the nation.

Under the project, more than 10,000 free helmets and road safety tips have been offered to students at schools near national roads in the province.

In the 2016 – 2017 academic year, the Foundation distributed over 4,000 leaflets for ethnic minority pupils, guiding them how to wear a helmet in their local languages.

Similar projects have also been carried out in the central province of Quang Nam and the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.-VNA