Transport Minister Nguyen Van The (centre) at the inspection in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Transport Minister Nguyen Van The visited a unit of the traffic police in Hanoi on December 24 to inspect their implementation of a communications programme to improve helmet safety amongst children.

The programme, scheduled for December 17-31, is offering helmet-wearing guidance and 35,000 helmet vouchers, each worth 100,000 VND (4.3 USD), to residents in An Giang, Binh Dinh, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Phu Tho, Yen Bai, Thai Nguyen and Bac Ninh provinces, as well as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The vouchers can be used in outlets authorized by Honda Vietnam across the country. 

At the inspection, the minister, who is also the permanent chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, joined the unit to handle violations, talk to violators about the benefits of wearing helmets for themselves and their children, and present vouchers to them.
 
Minister The talks to two students on helmet safety (Photo: VNA)

The programme is part of activities within a campaign on presenting helmets to children entering their first grade in the 2018-2019 school year that started in July. The campaign is coordinated by the National Traffic Safety Committee, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Japanese-invested Honda Vietnam.

Statistics showed that only 35-40 percent of children aged from six and above wear helmets, while the rate among adults is more than 90 percent. Many parents have not made their children wear helmets or just provided them with unsafe ones.-VNA