Hanoi (VNA) – Qualified helmets have been presented
to 10,000 students across Hanoi under a programme organised by the Vietnam
Grand Prix company, aiming to convey traffic safety messages to the young.
The programme, entitled “Ultimate technology –
Absolute safety”, in Hanoi on April 16 saw the presence of President of the
International Automobile Federation (FIA) Jean Todt and movie star Michelle
It was an activity in response to the FIA’s
#3500LIVES campaign that was launched in Vietnam on March 19.
Addressing the event, Chairman of the Hanoi
People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said every day, 3,500 people are killed by
traffic accidents around the world, and this campaign aims to bring this figure
In Vietnam, traffic accidents claims more than
8,000 lives and injure 10,000 people each year. The respective figures in Hanoi
are over 300 and 600.
The presentation of helmets to students is
intended to remind motorbike users of wearing helmets whenever they move on
roads for the sake of their own safety, he noted.
Jean Todt, who is also Special Envoy of the UN
Secretary-General for Road Safety, said improving traffic safety is one of his
top targets, adding that helmets are an important factor in reducing road
In countries with large numbers of motorbike
users like Vietnam, about 90 percent of deaths or life-long injuries in road
accidents are caused by head injuries. Therefore, helmets’ quality is important,
but wearing them properly is also very essential, he noted.-VNA