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Hanoi (VNA) – All 1st grade pupils nationwide will be gifted helmets in the 2018-2019 academic year under a programme funded by Honda Vietnam.

The National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), the Ministry of Education and Training and Honda Vietnam will jointly run the programme after June 15, providing helmets to 1st-grade pupils across the country.

The programme aims to raise public awareness of abiding by regulations on wearing helmets for children when travelling with their parents.

The helmet law is estimated to have created a substantial uptick in the number of riders who wear helmets in urban areas, from 30 percent in 2007 to 90 percent today.

Teachers and families have been called to provide children with protection skills, including wearing helmets when riding motorbikes.

With the good practice of wearing helmets, Vietnam is now recognised among developing countries for its positive achievements in traffic safety.

The data from the NTSC shows that 80 percent of road traffic accident deaths are related to motorbikes. Wearing a helmet helps to reduce head injury risk by 60 percent and mortality risk by 40 percent.-VNA