The National Committee on Traffic Safety, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training and Honda Vietnam, has launched a program providing helmets to first grade students nationwide.

With the theme “Keep full dreams together”, the program will present over 1.93 million standard helmets to first graders in the 2019-2020 academic year, to increase the proportion of helmet-wearing kids to 80 per cent by 2020 and raise awareness generally about children wearing helmets.

Honda Vietnam will be in charge of providing good quality helmets that meet national standards. General Director of Honda Vietnam, Mr. Keisuke Tsuruzono, said he appreciated the community activity and that the company would continue to work with the Vietnamese Government in ensuring traffic safety for children and people in general.

Honda Vietnam also delivered nearly 2 million standard helmets to first graders nationwide in the 2018-2019 school year, contributing to increasing the rate of helmet-wearing children between six and 15 years old from 35 per cent to 52 per cent.

In recent years, Honda Vietnam has also cooperated with local authorities to conduct nationwide activities to enhance traffic knowledge and skills, such as “Traffic safety for children’s smile” and “Traffic safety for tomorrow’s smile” for elementary, secondary, and high school students, along with training programs for traffic police, parents and the company’s customers. It has donated 20,000 helmets to students around the country every year since 2015.

The helmet law is estimated to have created a substantial uptick in the number of riders who wear helmets in urban areas, from 30 per cent in 2007 to 90 per cent today. However, the rate of children wearing helmets remains low.

Data from the National Traffic Safety Committee shows that 80 per cent of traffic fatalities are related to motorbikes, and include about 2,000 children. Wearing a helmet helps reduce head injury risk by 60 per cent and mortality risk by 40 per cent. In 2018, after nearly 2 million helmets were given to first grade children for the first time, the number of children falling victim to traffic accidents fell 17 per cent against 2017.