Helmets were given away to more than 5,000 primary school students in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Dong Nai this week under a national traffic safety programme called Helmets for Kids.

The programme is organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training and Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, and US medical devices and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson underwrote the cost of the helmets on this occasion.

Duong Van Ba, Deputy Director of the ministry's Student Affairs Department, said communities could donate helmets and media activities could be used to raise public awareness of helmet use by children, he said, adding that local governments are enforcing traffic safety regulations, especially those related to helmet use.-VNA