The northern province of Ha Nam will become the first locality nationwide to have safe routes to school under a project funded by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP).

The project, launched in Ha Nam on April 18, is designed to improve safety for children travelling to and from school, but generally also provides benefits for a range of vulnerable road users.

It covers the installation of appropriate and low-cost local traffic engineering improvements, road safety education for children, parents and the local community and the enforcement of helmet wearing, parking restrictions around the school and targeting speeding drivers.

Three schools in Ha Nam will pilot the project, including Dong Van elementary school in Dong Van town, Duy Tien district, Thanh Huong elementary school and Thanh Huong junior high school in Thanh Liem district.

The project, to go on until July 2014, will then be replicated across the country.

Earlier, similar projects have been successfully deployed in other Southeast Asian countries and Africa.-VNA