Children in Ba Dinh Primary School wearing helmets (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security and Japanese-invested Honda Vietnam have launched a communication programme to encourage children to wear helmets.

The programme, running from December 17-31, will give guidelines for children and their parents in 10 localities nationwide to wear helmets and present them with coupons to buy helmets.

It is part of activities within a campaign to present helmets to children entering first grade in the 2018-2019 school year that started in July.

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

During the programme, along with activities to encourage children to wear helmets, the organisers will present kids with 35,000 coupons worth 100,000 VND each to buy helmets at Honda’s showrooms nationwide. The coupons also provide guidelines on how to wear and choose proper helmets as well as benefits of wearing them.

Khuat Viet Hung, Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety said that the programme is expected to raise children and parents’ awareness and responsibilities of traffic safety and law observation.

The programme covers 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.-VNA