The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) held a ceremony to launch a programme in response to the UN Global Road Safety Week themed “Children and road safety” on May 4 in Hanoi.

The programme was co-organised by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

From May 4 to 10, information on typical traffic crash causes and their effects on children will be disseminated across the country to raise community awareness of the need to protect children, said an official from the MoT.

The programme urges children to wear helmets and abide by traffic laws.

According to WHO statistics, more than 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents globally each year. In Vietnam , around 2,000 children die annually in road traffic accidents, mostly due to not wearing helmets.

Also on the occasion, the MoT provided 400 helmets for students at the Tan Dinh secondary school in Hanoi.-VNA