Police fine a number of young transgressors outside schools in a bid to crack down on riding without protective headgear.
From 5pm on April 10, Ho Chi Minh City's Traffic Police Force began to fine children and students who failed to wear a helmet.
On the first day of regulations going into full effect, many youngsters violated the law. Police were stationed at the gates of Ham Tu Primary School and Chinh Nghia Primary School, and within 20 minutes there were nearly ten cases of either no helmet or an unsuitable helmet among students or their parents. Many parents dropped their children off when they saw the police and told them to walk the remainder of the journey to avoid being fined.
“In this period, we are reminding parents to make their children wear helmets as we are issuing fines from VND100,000 ($4.63) to VND200,000 ($9.26),” said Mr. Ha Van Hung, Deputy Head of Cho Lon Traffic Police Team. “As for cases of opposing the police force, we will confiscate vehicles. Ho Chi Minh Traffic Police Force will continue patrolling play areas, schools and parks to raise public awareness of traffic law enforcement.”
In addition, the Ho Chi Minh Traffic Police Force will patrol regularly at intersections, routes near schools, and amusement parks. They will also coordinate with schools to discipline students who are in violation of the law.
From April 6-9, the Traffic Police Force has orchestrated a campaign imploring children and youngsters to wear helmets. All violations during this period have been tracked.