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FedEx & Safe Kids promote child pedestrian safety

Released at: 15:31, 01/11/2018

FedEx & Safe Kids promote child pedestrian safety

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Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign to run until May.

by Khanh Chi

FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation firm, together with Safe Kids Vietnam - Asia Injury Prevention (AIP), celebrated International Walk to School Month on October 30 by holding a pedestrian safety walk around Tran Hung Dao Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City.

Representatives from Safe Kids - AIP and FedEx guided approximately 500 students, aged ten and eleven years old, on a walk around the school to help educate them about dangerous areas to avoid and safe road user habits.

A Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign is now underway and will run until May 2019, with activities aided by FedEx volunteers including delivering safety messages to parents during parent meetings and organizing interactive activities with parents during the pick-up and drop-off hours at 37 schools.

“Road safety remains a big issue in the country,” said Mr. Hardy Diec, Managing Director, FedEx Express Indochina. “As an international transportation and logistics corporation, FedEx has more than 185,000 vehicles on the road worldwide each day. As such, road safety is our utmost priority, not only for couriers but for pedestrians as well.”

“We are proud to be involved in a program that brings positive change and possibilities to our communities, especially for our children. We hope the Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign will help raise awareness on the importance of road safety and contribute to safer walking environments for children in Vietnam. It is equally important to teach children about proper pedestrian behavior so that they can keep themselves safe on the road.”

According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, traffic accidents are the second leading cause of death and serious injury for children from infancy to 19 years old, with more than 1,900 dying every year due to traffic accidents.

The Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign is part of the Walk This Way program, conducted by FedEx and the Safe Kids - AIP to increase awareness of child pedestrian safety and improve road user behaviors in Vietnam. Since its launch in 2009, the program has reached 268,859 students from 315 primary and secondary schools across the country, installed a 1,700 sq m traffic safety park for primary school students in southern Dong Nai province, and donated 3,471 helmets, 19,855 reflective jackets and caps, 29,885 pedestrian safety pencil cases, and 138,087 pedestrian safety books to students.

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