18:11 | 12/05/2019 Society
On May 12, 2019, in Ho Chi Minh City - FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., together with AIP Foundation/Safe Kids Vietnam, celebrated the UN Global Road Safety Week with a workshop to present the milestones of the Walk This Way program.
Launched in 2009 and conducted by FedEx and AIP Foundation/ Safe Kids Vietnam to increase awareness of child pedestrian safety and improve road user behaviors in Vietnam, the Walk This Way program has reached more than 200,000 students from 315 primary and secondary schools across the country, and donated helmets, reflective jackets and caps, pedestrian safety pencil cases, and pedestrian safety books to students.
|Hardy Diec, managing director, FedEx Express Indochina|
In Ho Chi Minh City, the program led to the installation of school zone modifications for the Ket Doan Primary School, Mach Kiem Hung Secondary School, Pham Van Chi Primary School, and Hung Vuong Primary School, selected from 37 program schools based on the zoning needs. The modifications included installing sidewalks, yellow warning lights, and refuge islands, as well as basic elements like school zone and pedestrian crossing signs, and slow down markings.
The modifications were based on the findings of the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP), which helps rate the risks and safety of roads on a 1-star (least safe) to 5-star (safest) scale. These road upgrades led to an increase in the star rating of all four schools, ensuring a measurable improvement of the safety level offered to students on their way to the school. Post-modification results showed that all schools had at least a three or above according to the SR4S ratings.
The workshop gathered representatives from the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Safety Committee, Ho Chi Minh Department of Education and Training, and Ho Chi Minh Department of Transportation, as well as from the selected and participating schools, all of whom expressed delight in the continuing improvement of road safety in the city.
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 children dying every year due to traffic accidents.
“Road safety remains a big issue in the country,” said 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.”
“It is with the goal of helping make our roads safer for our pedestrians that FedEx Express continues to support the Walk This Way program. This is a simple yet impactful step towards achieving greater awareness of the necessity of road safety, and we are delighted to see the many accomplishments it has had so far. We know there is still a lot of work ahead of us, but we believe by working together, we can achieve our goal of further improving the safety of our roads for our children and all pedestrians.” said Diec.