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500 students join pedestrian safety campaign in HCMC
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500 students join pedestrian safety campaign in HCMC

The Saigon Times Daily

FedEx and AIP staff, joined by a traffic pollice officer (R), lead 500 students in the pedestrian safety parade - PHOTO: COURTESY OF AIP

HCMC – Around 500 students in HCMC took part in a pedestrian safety parade last week as part of a series of activities of the Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign jointly held by FedEx Express (FedEx) and Safe Kids Vietnam-Asia Injury Prevention (AIP).

Representatives from AIP and FedEx guided the students, aged 10 and 11, on a walk around Tran Hung Dao Primary School in District 1 to help educate them about dangerous areas to avoid and safe road user habits.

The Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign will run until May 2019, with other activities including delivering safety messages to parents during parent meetings and organizing interactive activities with parents during pick-up and drop-off hours at 37 schools.

“Road safety remains a big issue in the country. 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,” said Hardy Diec, managing director of FedEx Express Indochina.

“We are proud to be involved in a program that brings positive change and possibilities to our communities, especially for our children. We hope this Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign will help raise awareness on the importance of road safety and contribute to safer walking environments for children in Vietnam. It is equally important to teach children about proper pedestrian behavior so that they can keep themselves safe on the road.”

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.

The Pedestrian Safety Public Awareness Campaign is part of the Walk This Way program, conducted by FedEx and AIP to increase awareness of child pedestrian safety and improve road user behaviors in Vietnam. Since its launch in 2009, the program has reached nearly 270,000 students from 315 primary and secondary schools across the country, installed a 1,700-square-meter traffic safety park for primary school students in Dong Nai Province, and donated thousands of helmets, reflective jackets and caps, pedestrian safety pencil cases, and pedestrian safety books to students.

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