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More than 4,000 youth and traffic police took to street with standard helmets in Hanoi on September 12 to support a related communications campaign.

The day was marked with the participants’ march around Hoan Kiem Lake, one of the most popular destinations in the capital, a contest on road safety, and the massive destruction of 1,000 poor quality helmets.

Meanwhile, locals can exchange their substandard helmets for qualified ones across 20 major streets as part of the campaign that runs from August 24 to September 25.

According to President of the Vietnam Youth Federation Nguyen Phi Long, promoting safe helmet use could reduce head damage and deaths from accidents and is a highlight of his agency’s anti-traffic accident programmes.

Previously, on September 10, through the campaign, good-quality helmets had been delivered to 1,000 local motorbike taxi drivers.

The traffic safety initiative organisers are also launching a video contest and a range of social network activities.

Last year, the event drew the participation of 2,000 volunteers nationwide with more than 6,000 good helmets gifted to citizens.

The same day, 2,000 pupils and students in central Nghe An province’s Vinh city walked together in response to the north-central region’s 2015 road safety month. All of them have received new, good helmets.-VNA