National Enforcement Action Plan launches to bolster police enforcement of child helmet use

10:45 | 05/04/2015 Society

(VEN) - April 2, 2015, C67 traffic police and National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) launched the National Enforcement Action Plan for child helmet use. An “enhanced police enforcement” week scheduled from April 6 to 10, 2015 is a major component of the plan.

The National Enforcement Action Plan is a part of the larger National Child Helmet Action Plan, which aims to significantly increase child helmet-wearing rates and is an important step towards improved motorcycle passenger safety within Vietnam. As part of the “enhanced police enforcement” week, police and public security forces will patrol schools for compliance with the child helmet law. From April 6th-9th, motorcycle drivers whose children are not wearing helmets will be stopped and given a ‘reminder’ and all violation cases will be reported to the schools to take further action.

These ‘reminders’ will shift to traffic penalty fines on April 10th, 2015. Police will then begin strict enforcement for violators who do not put helmets on child passengers.

“Parents should not view this as ‘punishment’ by the police, but rather as enforcement of the law in order to protect and save young lives. Enhanced child helmet enforcement is a powerful and effective response to the UN Global Road Safety Week and will lead to safer child passengers on the roads,” said Mr. Greig Craft, President of AIP Foundation.

The National Enforcement Action Plan will be applied and implemented in provinces across Vietnam and will connect all relevant agencies, including district-, commune-, and village-level enforcement with the ability to enhance police monitoring together.

“Our priority is the safety of children,” said Mr. Do Thanh Binh, C67 Deputy Director, “and we will take action to ensure that they are protected. The objective of child helmet enforcement is to fulfil our duty to keep all children safe.”

“Enforcers will also be collecting data as they patrol schools. It is important for us to know which schools have low child helmet use so that further action and follow-ups can take place. This also helps us to learn which methods of child helmet monitoring are most effective,” explained Dr. Khuat Viet Hung, Deputy Chairman of the NTSC.

Students at a helmet donation ceremony in Dong Nai Province organized by AIP Foundation

The National Child Helmet Action Plan is coordinated by the NTSC and its department members, including MoET, Ministry of Information and Communications, Ministry of Public Security, and supported by the AIP Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), World Health Organization (WHO), The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), The UPS Foundation, FIA Foundation, the Swedish Embassy and the US Embassy.

Hoang Anh