The Global status report on road safety 2015, reflecting information from 180 countries, indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, with the highest road traffic fatality rates in low-income countries. In the last three years, 17 countries have aligned at least one of their laws with best practice on seat-belts, drink–driving, speed, motorcycle helmets or child restraints. While there has been progress towards improving road safety legislation and in making vehicles safer, the report shows that the pace of change is too slow. Urgent action is needed to achieve the ambitious target for road safety reflected in the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020.
This policy brief aims to highlight the shared responsibility of government officials, family members, the community, and the private sector to ensure the fundamental rights of children by urgently enforcing the passenger helmet law, including children.
Road crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury for children in Vietnam. From September 2010 to April 2014, the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies and partners, implemented an integrated campaign to increase the helmet wearing rate of children in three major cities of Vietnam: Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City.
This case study details the process of developing and implementing an integrated campaign and shares some of the lessons learned from this process.
The Asia Injury Prevention Foundation’s mission is to provide life-saving traffic safety knowledge and skills to the developing world with the goal of preventing road traffic fatalities and injuries. AIP Foundation has offices and representatives in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Uganda, and Tanzania. For more information about our foundation, read this brochure.
MCH1 - Specification for head protection for motorcyclists (Reprinted August 2013)
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