Students at a primary school are given helmets (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Helmets and first aid kit bags were presented to high school students in Hanoi on October 15, part of a traffic safety project funded by Global Civic Sharing – a non-governmental organisation from the Republic of Korea.

The beneficiaries were students of the Nguyen Tat Thanh High School in Cau Giay district.

Addressing the event, Chief Representative of Global Civic Sharing in Vietnam Choi Eui-gyo said that the country has a very high rate of motorcycle use, with about 50 million motorcycles nationwide at present. It has also taken the lead in forcing commuters to wear helmets. However, more than 50 percent of the helmets used by commuters have been found to be impractical and unsafe.

With the hope of helping to reduce traffic accidents and their consequences, Samsung Life Insurance coordinated with Global Civic Sharing to carry out a traffic safety project this year.

The project, worth 6 billion VND (257,000 USD), will provide first aid kits and protective helmets for about 5,500 motorised vehicle users in Hanoi, including about 5,000 students and 500 motorcycle taxi drivers, he noted.

Targeted students are in the Hanoi National University of Education, the Nguyen Tat Thanh High School, the Thuong Mai University, the Academy of Journalism and Communications, and the Quoc Oai High School. Each school will receive 1,000 quality helmets and 1,000 first aid kit bags.

Each beneficiary will be given one helmet and one first aid bag.–VNA