Motorbike drivers wearing helmets unsafely to be fined

Drivers of motorbikes and electric bicycles who wear their helmets incorrectly will be fined up to VND200,000 (US$9.4) as of July 1, 2014.

Administrative fine of VND100,000-200,000 will be applied to those who drive or riding motorbikes with substandard helmets or with helmets worn incorrectly.

Traffic Safety Committee in Ho Chi Minh City said wearing helmets correctly can help reducing up to 69 percent of head injuries from traffic accidents and 42 percent of severe concussion.

Deputy head of the committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuong said that the city has strived to reduce traffic accidents and facilities. Especially, after drivers are forced to wear helmets on motorbikes, the number of deaths from traffic accidents is below 900 people a year.

A motorcycle helmet is designed to protect a motorcyclist’s head in case of an accident. Accordingly, a helmet should meet the mandatory safety standards. Good motorcycle helmets feature a hard outer shell capable of resisting penetration, soft inner shell to absorb 'impact energy', and retention system, which is usually a strap fitted to the lower jaw area, that ensures the helmet stays in place.

By Son Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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