Even though Vietnam issued a mandatory helmet law for children last year, parents regularly flaunt the regulation. Starting from April 10, 2015, parents with children over six years old not wearing helmets when riding on motorbikes and electric bicycles face fines of VND100,000 (USD4.70) to VND200,000. The new law, while not only addressing a common-sense issue, was also inspired by the number of children that have died in horrific traffic accidents. In a particularly notorious case in January 2015, a truck crashed into a motorbike driving in the wrong direction. All four people on the motorbike, including two adults and two children were not wearing helmets. Three was killed and one was injured in the accident. In February, a car running on wrong direction hit a motorbike which was carrying three adults and two children, no one was wearing helmets. All five were killed. After the helmet law took effect, police issued warnings to 31,754 cases and VND1trn in fines in 1,857 cases. 319 … [Read more...] about Vietnamese parents flaunt helmet law for children
Babies wear helmets
Starting from this month in five major districts of Ho Chi Minh City, a fine will be imposed on motorbike drivers who carry children aged 6 and over without a helmet. This sanction should have been put into practice a long time ago, but better late than never. Especially if we take into consideration the critical condition of urban roads as well as the regular frequency of traffic accidents, everyone (even children) is at their own risk while on the street. Despite the fact that some adults are aware of this risk, they create "horror scenes" on the roads which frustrate me when I witness one. For example, an adult wearing a stable helmet, carries a child (sometimes two or three children) without a helmet and drives at high speed, or another one uses only one hand to drive and carries a baby on the other hand. "Save the best for the children" is a familiar slogan seen everywhere in Vietnam. Somehow, I doubt whether what Vietnamese children have been going through is really the best … [Read more...] about Helmets for the children!
Vietnamese police have started Monday to fine parents who flout regulations on children wearing helmets. I am absolutely certain it will deliver results, both in behavior change and lives saved. Helmets have proven to reduce the risk of death by 42 percent and of severe head injury by 69 percent among motorcycle drivers and passengers, including children, in the event of a crash. As more children wear helmets, fewer lives will be lost. We have already seen a significant increase in the number of helmets on the heads of children. Traffic police piloted enhanced enforcement operations, combined with a communications campaign, in Ho Chi Minh City from September to December of last year. Enforcement targeted school-aged children who ride as passengers on motorcycles without helmets. Results show that helmet use among child motorcycle passengers increased from 22 to 50 percent. Enforcement operations have expanded to Hanoi and Da Nang in 2013. I have no doubt that we will soon see … [Read more...] about Headed in the right direction
The deaths of accident victims aren't an end. They commence years of excruciating pain and immense hardship for their bereft loved ones, particularly their young children. Less than four months ago, Nguyen Truong Ca, the breadwinner of this 10-member family, including his aging, sickly parents and his elderly, disabled aunt and uncle, never made home one fateful afternoon when he was driving home from work, which was only a few kilometers away, Nguyen Van Hai and his family still do not know how his son was killed and who caused the accident. When Hai saw his son in the hospital, Ca was already unconscious. Several days later, he passed away, leaving behind his mourning family, particularly his 8-month-old daughter. "He was really a good boy, and was the most muscular among my brother's three children," Ca's uncle remembered about his nephew. "He did most of the hard work at home and was the only one in the family who wasn't working as a farmer. He was working at a nearby … [Read more...] about Road accidents: the agony never abates
A road safety campaigner has called on the government to tighten compulsory helmet laws and urged police to do more to ensure children wear helmets while riding on motorbikes The tragic death of an eight-year-old girl in Ho Chi Minh City during the Tet holiday prompted a road safety expert to Wednesday call for better policing of Vietnam's compulsory helmet laws. The Asia Injury Prevention Foundation is pleading with parents to ensure their children wear helmets when riding on motorbikes. This man, riding in Binh Thanh District (HCMC), was clearly not heeding that plea … [Read more...] about Child’s death triggers call for better policing of helmet laws